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Brown, Democrats closing in on water bond deal

By August 12, 2014

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders are closing in on a deal to overhaul a water bond on the November ballot but still need support from Republicans.

Both houses of the Legislature voted Monday to extend the deadline for printing voter pamphlets. That gives lawmakers two more days to finish negotiations and vote.

The draft water package provides money for dams and groundwater cleanup and needs support from two-thirds of the Legislature.

Legislative leaders released a $7 billion bond measure that would appear as Proposition 1 on the November ballot. It provides some funding for dams and other water storage projects, which Republicans have cited as a top priority.

An $11.1 billion bond negotiated in 2009 is on the ballot but is considered too costly and burdened by pet projects.

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

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  • johnny bracesAugust 11, 2014 - 8:03 pm

    I don't believe your state communist government of scum is interested in creating water, energy or jobs. instead, your state's government is only interested in growing in size, scope and power with no benefit for the citizens and taxpayers.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 11, 2014 - 11:48 pm

    They will have a deal because they have no choice. Those who agreed to the November 2009 package of legislation that included the water bond "sweetener" should be feeling either betrayed or stupid about now, and because most smart, successful, and/or ambitious people have a hard time believing they can be stupid, they will be looking for who betrayed them. But in any event, this bond will be something we can vote for much easier than the original one.

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  • truth'nAugust 12, 2014 - 10:02 am

    KEEP NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WATER IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. *Put that on the ballot*

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