Lawmakers' Infrastructure Plans Vary Dramatically

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Assembly Republicans’ plans include bills they say will save money by streamlining processes to get public works projects done. At the top of their list is Assembly Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s “pay as you go” plan to fund such projects with a portion of the state budget.  What their reform package does NOT include is a proposal to sell bonds.  
           “Both sides Republican and Democrat have said infrastructure is going to the topic of this year, now the debate should be how are we going to fund it.”
McCarthy won’t say how far they’re willing to negotiate when it comes to bonds.   Meanwhile, Democrats say some of the G-O-P proposals aimed at streamlining would actually roll back state environmental protection laws.