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Calif. Supreme Court Hears Redevelopment Arguments



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, November 10, 2011

The legislature actually passed two redevelopment bills this year.  One eliminates the agencies.  The other sets up a voluntary program for agencies that contribute money to the state.  Redevelopment supporters want the high court to overturn both measures.  The state wants both upheld.  And the justices might do neither.  They asked several questions during oral arguments about what would happen if they rejected the voluntary program but let the elimination stand.  The California Redevelopment Association's Jim Kennedy says that would be the worst case scenario:

Kennedy: "It would effectively put agencies out of business without any opportunity to pay their way back in."

It's not the state's first choice either, since it would blow a 600 million dollar hole in the budget.

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