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Aug 6, 2014 5:10 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Water bond talks hinge on money for water storage


SITES, Calif. (AP) - How much money should be dedicated to increasing California's water supply is one of the main sticking points to getting a re-crafted water bond on the November ballot.

On Wednesday, Republican and Democratic lawmakers who support billions of dollars for additional storage projects made their case at the site of a proposed reservoir in what is now a scenic agricultural valley north of Sacramento.

Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway says additional water storage is Republicans' top priority.

She says the GOP will be comfortable with the $11.1 billion water bond currently on the November ballot rather than a stripped-down, $6 billion replacement version proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The governor's version provides comparatively little money for new or expanded reservoirs, but he says he wants to minimize state bond debt.

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