SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement tonight following the vote by the Legislature to put an alternative water bond measure on the November 2014 ballot:
“Republicans have consistently said that storage is essential for providing a reliable water source. We knew it was critical to make sure that any water bond on the ballot this fall will actually provide more water for all Californians. We accomplished this goal: nearly 40 percent of the bond funds are dedicated to water storage and can’t be withheld by the Legislature in the future. This means new reservoirs will be built, and that helps the rest of California’s water system work for the long term.
“This bond will cost nearly $4 billion less than what the Legislature agreed to in 2009, while providing nearly $1 billion more for water storage than what the governor proposed last week. This is an important down payment on the two large storage projects that are the backbone of any comprehensive water plan.
“The people of California expected the Legislature and the governor to come to a consensus on a water bond, and we accomplished that objective tonight. I want to thank the governor, Assembly Speaker Atkins and Senate President pro Tem Steinberg for their efforts. By coming together with a bipartisan agreement we have a bond that not only meets California’s needs, but also has strong support from voters and should pass in the November election.”