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California water bond postponed yet again, victim of politics

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A crucial $11.1 billion California water bond measure has been postponed again by the legislature, a sad result of cynical election year maneuvering and pork barrel politics. The water bond was originally scheduled to be voted on in 2010 but will now be on the 2014 ballot, assuming it is not tabled yet again.

The California water bond took ten years of negotiating before the California legislature was able to pass it by the required two-thirds majority. As you might expect from such a process, the bill is so convoluted and filled with pork barrel goodies for those who finally voted for it that even grizzled California legislators find it embarrassing. But instead of re-negotiating it, they used its awfulness as a reason to kick it down the road two more years unchanged.

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