Senate GOP Leader on Governor's Drought Proposal: "A Drop in the Proverbial Bucket, but Every Drop Counts"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Governor Brown and Legislative Democrats of emergency drought legislation:

“While it’s true that only Mother Nature can make it rain, reasonable minds can point to partisan political decision-making over the years which has led to missed opportunities to responsibly collect and store water.  Now, California faces yet another crisis that will impede our ability to get more people back to work.  The governor wants to spend $688 million but his only solution moving forward is to urge more conservation and that won’t put people back to work.   Californians deserve a government that works for them.   We need a real plan that increases storage for a growing state, and the foundation for that plan is the proposed water bond by Senator Anthony Cannella and Senator Andy Vidak.

“While our caucus is reviewing the governor’s proposal, I’m glad there is agreement on the need to capture as much water as possible, as well as for more long-term storage.  We are ready to work with the governor and Legislative Democrats on the details of this proposal.  The expedited use of bond funds makes sense, and it’s important that people know the funding for the plan is already in place, so there’s no need for new taxes.  In the meantime, there’s no question that every Californian has a responsibility to do their part to conserve water.  Going forward, hopefully this drought is a lesson to us that we need more water storage and a better water system to effectively manage the water we have.”