Mr. Schwarzenegger has said the state needs more dams to help store water for its growing population. "We have been decades talking about water infrastructure, and we've got to bring it up to date," he told a conference of community-college trustees in San Francisco Thursday.
But Assembly Republicans and some Democrats call a $12 billion bond measure supported by the Senate too costly. The timing is bad for a big bond measure, they say, given that California lawmakers have already used billions in bonds to help close a series of past budget deficits. "Going to the voters and racking the credit card up another $12 billion is a very hard sell," said Jared Huffman, a Democratic assemblyman from Marin County.
How about raising the price of water so that California stops trying to grow food in the desert? Oops, never mind, that would make too much sense.