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Governor Proposes $6 Billion Water Bond for California

California Governor Jerry Brown called on lawmakers to put a $6 billion “no-frills” bond measure on the November ballot, about half the size of a pending proposal, to secure the water supply amid a record drought.

Brown’s plan would take the place of an $11.1 billion bond offering, scheduled for a vote in November, approved in 2009 by lawmakers and then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Brown said California can’t afford the $750 million a year it would add to the state’s $8 billion in annual bond debt service.