Aanestad rejects bond package | TheUnion.com

Aanestad rejects bond package

Sen. Sam Aanestad joined with other Senate Republicans late Friday night to reject a Democrat-crafted bond package, which Aanestad said differed greatly from the proposed Water Bond from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and carried by Aanestad in the Legislature.

The vote took place just minutes before the midnight deadline to place the governor’s water bond on the June ballot. The measure failed on a straight party line vote Ð 24-12.

“No wonder the public gives the State Legislature such low marks,” said Aanestad (R-Grass Valley). “Lawmakers have just ignored our public safety in favor of environmental protections that won’t strengthen levees or prevent flooding.”

Aanestad and the governor had been seeking several billion dollars worth of flood control projects with the “Flood Protection and Clean, Safe, Reliable Water Supply Bond and Financing Act of 2006 & 2010.” Aanestad was the legislative author of SB 1166, which directed a majority of bond funding to strengthening levees and new water storage facilities.

Aanestad says what the majority party presented on the floor late Friday night was markedly different.

“This bond contains more money to fix outhouses in state parks in California than it spends for levee repair and saving homes and lives,” said Aanestad, during the floor debate.

“This bond is a sham. This Legislature is doing nothing more than playing politics with the public safety and the lives of people in California and we should be ashamed of ourselves.”

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