State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement by Governor Jerry Brown to provide additional funding for drought relief:
“We must take immediate action to prepare for the devastating effects of the drought on our communities. The legislation presented today will provide much needed relief to those regions that will be most impacted. While this additional funding will help in the short-term, we also need to prioritize long-term solutions that will bring additional water to our state by increasing storage capacity and upgrading our 50 year old water system.”
Last month, Cannella joined with Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) to introduce Senate Bill 927, legislation to put a water bond on the November ballot that prioritizes water storage, clean drinking water and Delta sustainability. SB 927 offers a $9.2 billion water bond that maintains $3 billion for additional 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.