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Antonovich goes to D.C. to push 30/10 plan

Agenda: regional transportation; illegal immigration

Posted: April 30, 2010 4:34 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2010 10:39 a.m.
 
Los Angeles County -- Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will visit Washington D.C. next week to advocate for a newly revised 30/10 initiative to accelerate regional highways, transit projects, and public-private partnerships funded by Measure R.

Last Thursday, an amendment by Supervisors Antonovich and Ridley-Thomas was unanimously approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Board of Directors adding highway construction and improvements, and regional transportation solutions to the 30/10 plan.

According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, Measure R highway projects will generate 341,500 jobs, $46.3 billion in economic output and $15.1 billion in earnings.

Antonovich will also push for measures to reduce the impact of illegal immigration on local government including the adoption of a bonded-guest-worker program, cooperative medical clinics, and electronic identification verification.

The annual cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds a $1.5 billion, which includes between $350 and $500 million for public safety, $500 million for healthcare, and $550 million in welfare and food stamp allocations.

Roughly 25 percent of Los Angeles County's jail population is illegal, and 24 percent of the county's total allotment of welfare and food stamp benefits goes directly to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants, according to Antonovich.

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