Federal Government Upholds State Decision

In an unexpected rejection letter, the US Department of Commerce recognized the State of California’s Coastal Commission decision to deny the construction of a new 16-mile toll road.  The proposed project was initially planned in the 1980s by a government-sponsored-yet-private organization called the Transportation Corridor Agency, and would have been funded by both tax dollars and toll fees.  The toll road would have run through a State Park and would have clearly violated the State’s coastal zone management program. The toll road proposal also enraged thousands of local citizens, environmentalists, and taxpayers.   

This is a small but encouraging victory for the Constitution and the Tenth Amendment.  The Department of Commerce did not vote on nor consider the appeal, claiming that it was not a Federal decision and was reserved for the State to decide.  

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