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    Water bond coming to ballot?

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  • Is there going to be an $11.4 billion general obligation water bond on California’s November election ballot? Not a chance, though there might be a compromise measure on that same ballot for $6 billion, if Jerry Brown gets his way.
    All sorts of people opposed to the bigger bond say they’re against it because it’s too subject to boondoggles and pork. The $6 billion alternative by Brown would, transparently, do away with at least some of the pork.
    But Republicans say that at a minimum California needs $3 billion to begin to build two new reservoirs that will provide water storage to capture water in wet years for use in dry periods. They claim that Brown’s proposal does not meet this minimum threshold. Late last week, Republican senators offered an $8.7 billion alternative that retains the $3 billion.
    Read more about this in Tuesday's Daily Press.
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