MAYOR AUTRY Describes lack of water storage funding AS an ‘egregious example’ of partisan politics

(FRESNO , CA May 5, 2006) – Mayor Alan Autry expressed outrage in the wake of a major state legislative decision early this morning that will jeopardize the economy of the Central Valley. Although the $37.3 billion public works spending package will bring $1 billion to Highway 99, it failed to provide funding for water storage which is a fundamental requirement for economic prosperity and public health.

"A bond package of this magnitude without water storage will ensure that the San Joaquin Valley remains the most impoverished region in America. The responsibility for the economic and public health disaster that will certainly befall the poorest of the poor as a result of this action falls squarely on the shoulders of the legislature. History, in short order, will hold them accountable. I commend Senator Jeff Denham and Assembly Members Juan Arambula and Mike Villines for recognizing that a bond package without water will not only create insurmountable challenges on this generation, but will surely betray the future of our children and grandchildren as well. Their courage to stand up for the Valley and all of California in the face of immense political pressure is truly extraordinary. I can't thank them enough,” said Mayor Autry.

Andrew T. Souza , City Manager
Contact: Rhonda Jorn, Public Affairs Officer: (559) 621-7777

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