State Senator and Vice-Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) issued the following statement regarding today’s committee hearing on AB 1331, relating to a water bond for the November 2014 ballot:
“While I appreciate the work Assemblyman Rendon is doing to further his bond proposal, I am unable to support it. The bill does not appropriately address the ongoing problems with California’s water system. Any future water bond must have a funding mechanism that guarantees that large water storage projects will get built. There must be sufficient funding for new surface storage with a continuous appropriation so that taxpayers are guaranteed the bond money will go to the projects they have voted to support.
In January, Cannella joined with Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) to introduce SB 927, a $9.2 billion water bond that maintains $3 billion for water storage, $2.5 billion to protect the Delta water supply and $1 billion for clean drinking water, with a boost of $400 million for disadvantaged communities.