$680 Million Proposed for Drought Relief



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The governor can’t control the weather, but he does have quite a bit of power over the budget. Brown and Democratic leaders want to spend more than $680 million on projects to provide immediate, and longer term, drought relief.

“We don’t know when it’s going to rain. Or, if it does rain, we don’t know how long it’s going to rain," Brown said. "And, therefore, we really don’t know how bad the drought is going to be over the next year or two or three."

Brown’s plan requires legislative approval. Most of the money will come from bonds earmarked for water infrastructure. Much will go toward projects that help communities capture and manage water.

State Republicans say the Democrat's plan does not go far enough. They say they'll propose legislation of their own.

 

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