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California Lawmakers Delay Water Bond Until 2014

Aired 7/5/12 on KPBS News.

California lawmakers have voted to delay an 11 billion dollar water bond from this November until 2014.

California lawmakers have voted to delay an eleven billion dollar water bond from this November until 2014.

The bond - that would have overhauled the state's water system - was originally slated to appear on the 2010 ballot, but has now been delayed twice.

Democratic Senator Lois Wolk represents much of the Delta area. She said the bond remains unaffordable and filled with pork projects. Not only did she vote for the delay, she also called for its repeal.

“Because that is the only way that we will have a serious discussion over the next year or two about what really ought to be funded in a water bond and we do desperately need water bond funding for a lot of things in California,” said Wolk.

Wolk pointed to pork projects like $20 million dollars for an interpretative center and $100 million dollars for a Lake Tahoe revitalization plan.

Other lawmakers said delaying the bond would improve its chances of passing.

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