Water bond now on the bubble


Governor wants measure off Nov. ballot

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently concluded that a proposed $11 billion water bond he personally nursed for three years will probably flop in November and has called on lawmakers to take the measure off the ballot and put it before voters in 2012 instead.

There’s a problem: He had already counted on voter approval of Proposition 18 and set aside $1 billion of the money in his pending budget for dozens of new water supply and environmental projects that he now must shelve.

Schwarzenegger could have a bigger headache: Lawmakers may balk at taking the measure off the ballot, even those who opposed it in the first place.

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