Lots of pats-on-the-back for legislators and the governor as they reached an agreement to put a $7.5 billion water bond on November’s ballot. One thing that should be noted, when Republican votes were needed to achieve a two-thirds support necessary to pass the bond, they did not respond as painted by many, particularly in the media, as the “Party of No.”
Republicans offered an appealing alternative to the $11 billion bond already qualified for the ballot. The GOP version was $8.7 billion and contained the $3 billion Republicans desired for building dams for water storage. They didn’t get that in the end – but they did get a 35% boost to the water storage portion of the bond from $2 billion to $2.7 billion.