Analysis: Bond Package Shows Cohesion at Capitol

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, May 5, 2006

The four measures approved early Friday morning total 37-billion dollars. If okayed by voters in November, money will go to roads, schools, housing and flood control.  Tim Hodson with the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State says lawmakers on both sides of the aisle realized this was something that had to be done. 
They went to work in exactly the way legislatures are supposed to work. Small working groups, hammering out the differences, making sure people’s concerns were addressed. And they came away with a compromise.” 
An attempt to place a smaller bond measure on the June ballot
failed last March when lawmakers and Governor Schwarzenegger couldn’t reach a compromise. 

Hodson says the Governor did the right thing this time around by being involved in negotiations when necessary while avoiding press conferences and publicity events to sell the measures.