Sen. Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, chairwoman of the Inland Empire Caucus, and other caucus members, sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders requesting $2.245 billion in budget funds for transportation infrastructure projects to help residents and businesses thrive in the Inland Empire.

“The Inland Empire has been one of the fastest-growing regions in California,” said Ochoa Bogh, a Republican from Yucaipa. “To meet the needs of this growth, dedicated funding for transportation infrastructure is vital.

“With a budget surplus of $31 billion, the state has the opportunity to support transportation projects that will greatly benefit our region by reducing traffic congestion, streamlining goods and freight movement, and improving the lives of our residents. I would like to commend my 16 colleagues for their collaborative bipartisan and bicameral effort.”

Assemblyman James C. Ramos, a Democrat from Highland vice chairman of the caucus, said the Inland Empire is a major part of California’s economy.

“Clean, modern and reliable transportation infrastructure is essential for our region to continue to ‘deliver the goods’ for our local communities and the state,” he said. “I urge that this budget request be approved.”

V. Manuel Perez, Riverside County Supervisor for the Fourth District and chairman of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, said he welcomes the partnership with the caucus to bring much-needed state investment for transportation projects.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman, president of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, concurred.

“Riverside and San Bernardino counties continue to grow at a rapid rate and share a similar challenge of addressing the needs of commuters moving into the region for more affordable housing and the ever-increasing goods movement industry,” Hagman said.

“If funded, the projects will greatly assist our efforts to reduce congestion, improve air quality, and enhance the overall quality of life for our communities. Our thanks to Caucus Chair Senator Ochoa Bogh and the entire caucus for their support.”