Brown has yet to issue a drought proclamation. But he says a paper from the governor’s office won’t affect the rain.
“We already have the drought task force. I’ve facilitated the exchange of water. Governors can’t make it rain, but we’ll do everything that is humanly possible to allow for a flexible use of California’s water resources."
~Gov. Jerry Brown
Brown says he’s very aware of problems that can occur from the dry conditions. He dealt with the worst drought in California’s history in 1977 during his previous administration.
Several California cities have already issued voluntary or mandatory conservation requirements. The Governor says urban water users must do their part to help.
Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg wants to exempt vehicle fuels from California’s cap-and-trade system, which they’re currently set to enter next year. Instead, he wants a carbon tax at the gas pump.
Affordable housing projects in California lost their most reliable funding source when the state dissolved redevelopment agencies a couple of years ago. Now, there’s growing support to find money for affordable housing once again.
Governor Jerry Brown says California’s different regions make it hard to develop water policies that would satisfy the entire state. Meanwhile, a lawmaker wants to quintuple state funding to the California Arts Council.
Governor Jerry Brown has landed a big win in court. The three judge panel overseeing state prisons has given the Brown Administration an additional two years to downsize the inmate population by another 5,000 inmates.
California is “in the money” once again with January revenues surpassing Governor Jerry Brown’s budget estimates.