Two measures before California voters in the Nov. 4 election are Propositions 1 and 2. Western Growers urges you to support and vote for both of these measures.
Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, or the “state water bond,” provides $7.5 billion in funding for various water projects. If it is approved, funding can be used in all regions of the state and provides $2.7 billion (continuously appropriated, which prevents the Legislature from withholding or redirecting these funds) for surface storage projects. Passage of Proposition 1 is an essential first step in adding capacity to California’s existing storage infrastructure, something Western Growers has been striving to secure for many years. Some of the benefits to agriculture in addition to storage include:
- $800 million for groundwater cleanup projects, which helps reduce pressure from urban agencies to take ag water
- $725 million for water recycling projects such as those used on the Central Coast to provide “new” irrigation water by treating urban and ag wastewater, as well as desalination
- Approximately $550 million for projects in the watersheds that feed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta which will increase flows into the Delta and to the state and federal pumps
- $100 million to fund groundwater management planning, which the new groundwater legislation mandates for San Joaquin Valley and coastal water agencies
- $520 million for safe drinking water programs, much of which will go to areas in the San Joaquin Valley and Salinas Valley with major nitrate contamination
For more information read: http://www.wga.com/magazine/2014/09/02/finally-game-time-water-bond#sthash.TBkaL2lF.dpuf
Please vote “Yes” on Proposition 1, and to help ensure that it passes, please also make a contribution to the campaign. Send an email to YESonPROP1@wga.com for assistance with a contribution.
Proposition 2, The Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund Act, is a legislative constitutional amendment that would require the Legislature and Governor to direct a portion of state revenues in good economic periods to a protected reserve account that could only be used during economic downturns to cushion the effect of revenue shortfalls. This was passed 36-0 by the state Senate and 78-0 by the Assembly and has been endorsed by the California Chamber of Commerce and other business interests, the California Taxpayers Association, both major political parties and Gov. Jerry Brown. More information can be found here: http://www.caltax.org/members/Rainy_%20Day_Fund_Initiative_Analysis.pdf
Please vote “yes” on Proposition 2.
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