Gov. Jerry Brown is wading into the debate over a multibillion-dollar water bond.
In a letter to campaign supporters, Brown called the $11 billion bond measure currently slated for the November ballot “a pork-laden water bond … with a price tag beyond what’s reasonable or affordable.”
He’s calling on legislators to replace it with a $6 billion proposal. Until Tuesday, the Democrat’s public comments on water bonds had been coy at best.
Brown’s move comes about a week before the presumed deadline to pass a new plan. There’s no hard date that lawmakers need to send a bond to Brown by -- the technical deadline came and went more than a month ago -- but after early August it becomes increasingly difficult to swap out ballot measures without throwing a major wrench in voter information pamphlets, ballot printing and other official steps.
Before legislators left for their July recess, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg pegged Aug. 11 -- next Monday -- as the last feasible day to pass a spending plan.