Still Hope for Bond Deal

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(Sacramento, CA)
Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Governor and legislative leaders continued discussions through the weekend on an historic bond package to build new schools, roads, and levees.   That was despite the Senate’s party line vote against a roughly 49 billion dollar Democratic compromise plan, just after midnight Saturday morning. 

Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, a Democrat, said shortly afterwards, that he was now talking about the November ballot.  But both the Governor and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez have said they’re still committed to working toward June. 

A spokesman for the Speaker says water storage continues to be a major sticking point with Republicans.  The Secretary of State  had set Friday as the deadline for the June ballot, but lawmakers are hoping for some wiggle room.