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Bond funds shouldn’t mitigate peripheral tunnels damage
Dan Bacher
"With almost $93 billion in long-term indebtedness, the State of California cannot afford the proposed $11.14 billion water bond," said Restore the Delta’s Policy Analyst Jane Wagner-Tyack. "The California State Treasurer’s Office estimates that the debt service on the bond will top $24 billion and obligate taxpayers until 2051. Earmarking those bond funds for specific projects as the current bond does ties legislators’ hands if priorities change." Photo of Governor Jerry Brown, flanked by Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, announcing the release of his peripheral tunnels plan on July 25, 2012 in Sacramento. Brown and Laird have continued and expanded the worst environmental policies of the Schwarzenegger administration, including record water exports from the Delta, massive fish kills in the Delta pumps, the plan to build the peripheral tunnels and the privately funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative to create so-called "marine protected areas."

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