"All those vote who desire to vote…."
"This legislature spent 50 years trying to get it right and we got it right in November and to rush to put it on when we don't have the resources to get it across the goal line doesn't make sense."
Governor Schwarzenegger had asked for the delay. The thought is that voters are unlikely to pass the large bond while the state grapples with a 19 billion dollar shortfall. But GOP Assemblyman Joel Anderson pointed out that projects associated with the bond- such as new possible dams - would take years to build. He opposed the delay:
"If you believe that this water bond is essential to delivering water to people that that water equates to jobs, how can we put it off for two years?"
Other lawmakers have argued that the bond is loaded with pork and should be re-worked. The legislature rushed to get the delay passed because the state's voter guide is headed to the printer.