So, now, the key element of the water bond is just an 'earmark' like any other "local projects that were placed in the bond for political purposes."
Jul 03, 2013
The California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee has begun to discuss a revised state water bond for the 2014 ballot. This is the same bond that has been postponed twice, both in 2010 and 2012 because legislators didn't think it would pass in tough economic times. Yesterday's meeting was highlighted by the release of 'proposed principles' hinting at the potential political conflict ahead and and the desire for a less costly bond.
Here's a key sentence: "One principle would "prohibit earmarks to specific water projects," which would appear to bar the specific allocations for the two water storage projects that Republicans, backed by farm groups, had insisted on including in the 2009 version." Yes, Republicans and farm groups had insisted on storage as a key ingredient of the water bond. Isn't that, more or less, what we all think we need a water bond to produce? So, now, the key element of the water bond is just an 'earmark' like any other "local projects that were placed in the bond for political purposes."
We knew this was coming because California Senate Leader Darrel Steinberg said earlier that "I don’t think there will be nearly the same amount of money in that chapter as there was in the original bond. And I think there will be de-emphasis, frankly – or at least, on the same surface storage projects.” So, not a huge surprise, but still stunning to see it when it happens.
Public discussions of a revised state water bond for the 2014 ballot were launched Tuesday with release of "proposed principles" by the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.
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