Capitol Alert
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February 25, 2014

Saying Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal “includes little to address the effects of the current drought,” a new report by the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst suggests anti-drought and conservation steps that lawmakers could take.

Friday’s review of the resources portion of Brown’s January spending plan came two days after Brown and legislative unveiled a $687.4 million package of drought relief measures, some of which seem to mirror parts of what the LAO suggests.

The legislation, which emerged Monday, is expected to be considered later this week.

In its report, the LAO wades into the contentious issue of water conservation.

The governor’s January budget included $621 million to carry out the first phase of its recently released “water action plan.” The plan lists water conservation as one of its 10 objectives, but the governor’s proposed budget “includes few specific proposals to achieve that goal,” the LAO said.

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