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Time Running Short as Lawmakers, Governor Wrangle over Water Bond

August 8, 2014
Against the backdrop of one of the most severe droughts in recorded California history, lawmakers debate on about whether to replace Proposition 43, the $11.1 billion water bond, with a less costly option.
 
The Legislature has until late August to either replace Prop. 43 with a slimmed-down option or place it on a future ballot. The other option: do nothing and let voters decide its fate in November.
 
Moving around the discussion table are three leading water bonds: AB 1331 (Rendon), (Perea) and SB 848 (Wolk), plus a proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown. They range in size from $6 billion to $10.6 billion.
 
With time running out, considerable differences remain among lawmakers and stakeholders on more the bond’s overall price tag. Heated issues include: how much to spend on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, who should be in charge of doling out Delta funding and whether to allow water storage funding to be spent outside of the annual budget process.
 
A comparison of the three water bond bills and the Governor’s proposal — and the League’s water bond priorities — is available on the League’s website.


 
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