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With Election Day just around the corner, public policy organizations are urging voters to proceed with caution on a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would create a “lockbox” for transportation funding.
As one example, the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, which calls the proposal “bad policy for Illinois,” points to the roughly $30 million in revenue the Department of Natural Resources receives annually from license plate and vehicle title fees. The amendment may restrict the department to using that revenue only for transportation-related expenses.
“That is clearly transportation-related revenue based on … a plain reading of the amendment … but that’s not money that’s currently meant to be used for transportation services,” senior policy analyst Daniel Hertz said.