Brown to propose $680M for Calif. drought relief

Feb 19, 2014 2:35 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to propose spending nearly $700 million on a variety of projects that are intended to provide immediate help for communities coping with California's drought.

A news conference is scheduled Wednesday afternoon to discuss details of the plan. It is expected to expand on a proposal originally sought by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez, both Democrats, will attend. A spokesman for Perez, John Vigna, tells The Associated Press that the total cost would be roughly $680 million but cautions that the money "is not going to solve the drought crisis."

Most of the money in Steinberg's proposal would come from existing water bonds.

Republican lawmakers were not included in the news conference announced by the governor's office.

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