Bond Deal Still Uncertain

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 15, 2006

            At least one legislative leader announced his out-of-town trips were cancelled for the day and that efforts continued to try to reach a compromise bond deal to fix roads and levees.  However, late Wednesday morning the Democratic head of the state Senate Don Perata says Republican lawmakers continue to add elements to the bond plan. He seemed frustrated and said he was close to shutting things down. 
“But when it comes down to the clinches, when it comes down to tough decisions, people can’t make ‘em, and what they want to do is add things, not make hard decisions, so I hope we get it done in November, but I’m not sure now.”
Senate G-O-P leader Dick Ackerman seemed slightly more optimistic about coming up with a deal for the June ballot.  However, he noted if it could not be done, work must continue over the next few weeks to try to make  the November ballot.