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Safe Water Fund Plan Advances to California Legislators

June 10, 2019, 1:06 PM

More than 1 million Californians don’t have access to safe drinking water, and after haggling throughout the weekend, California legislators approved a plan June 9 that would help fund work at contaminated water supplies across the state without imposing a tax.

The state Conference Committee on the Budget unanimously approved a compromise plan that would allocate $133.4 million of the state’s proposed $213 billion budget for project costs in communities currently unable to use their water for cooking, bathing, or drinking.

The Legislature must approve the budget bill by midnight June 15. The budget committee chairwoman, Sen. Holly J. ...

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