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Our View: Aanestad helps rural counties in bond deal

It looks like the proposed $36 billion bond measure has something for Nevada County.

According to Sen. Sam Aanestad’s office, Nevada County will receive $5.3 million, Grass Valley $417,000 and Nevada City $400,000 in transportation funds if voters approve the bond in November.

This would be a nice windfall for an area that needs a cash infusion to meet our road needs. We need money for the Dorsey Interchange project, Highway 49 safety measures and to deal with the blockage the weave creates for Grass Valley.

Gov. Schwarzenegger’s original $222 billion proposal didn’t appear to have even a dime of direct aid for Nevada County. This bond measure is smaller and offers much more to local residents, especially those who want to see traffic solutions.

In addition to the $19.25 billion transportation bond, lawmakers approved three other bonds – $10 billion for K-12 education, $4 billion for flood control and $2.85 billion for affordable housing.

It is yet be seen what funds from these other bonds may be allocated to Nevada County. Nonetheless, it is gratifying to see that Nevada County and other rural counties were well-represented during those negotiations that started on Thursday night and didn’t end until the Assembly approved the measure at 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, was among those working to get $1 billion in transportation funding for the counties, according to his representatives.

It is a considerable challenge to be a Republican who represents a rural area in the California Legislature where special and urban interests tend to dominate the agenda.

While we congratulate all lawmakers for agreeing to a compromise that can benefit the rural as well as the urban areas, we are especially appreciative of Aanestad’s efforts.

Now, it our responsibility as voters to study this bond measure and decide if it is a good investment for our communities, the county and the entire state.

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