SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's image as a responsible, penny-pinching steward of California's finances has been cemented in recent weeks because of his renewed call to pay off California's "wall of debt.
That's a term Brown coined when he took office to describe the tens of billions of dollars California owed to public schools and special funds whose coffers were raided to help balance budgets in the past.
But look behind that $24.9 billion wall and you'll see a $330 billion skyline of other liabilities threatening the state's financial health. It includes $80 billion needed to cover teachers' pensions and $64 billion to pay for state workers' health care in retirement -- two particularly troublesome liabilities because the state isn't even making the minimum payments on them.
I think it will affect me if there is a science special about the subject on tv, and that would take the place of a more interesting science special.
California water ala Mulholland is ass backwards. The state is a desert but all their aqueducts are OPEN TOP. In the Catskills, where evaporation is minimal, transmits their water by closed pipes
The water world is all upside down
Pointing to cost overruns with California’s high-speed rail project, lawmakers on Wednesday pressed state officials on the funding sources and ultimate price tag for the governor’s water tunnel plan.
“I’m very concerned about the ever-expanding cost,” Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, said at the hearing’s outset.
Frazier referred to an article in the San Jose Mercury News that puts the project’s cost over 50 years at over $50 billion – more than double the state’s figure of $24.7 billion – and added that “I tend to believe the higher number is probably the more accurate number.”
Underscoring concerns about the project’s scope and financial stability, Frazier announced after the hearing that he has introduced a bill requiring the Legislature’s approval before construction could begin
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/02/12/6153025/delta-tunnel-plan-cost-hammered.html#storylink=cpy
The water tunnel projects Ive seen always seemed to die on the cutting room floor
It's depressing Hawk to watch even the native desert vegetation dry out and die
I was reading that the last 70 years have been abnormally wet for California,
…... that the "normal" water situation is not very normal
where do you rockhound ?
Thanks again Man for inquiring
Ill be in touch.
I have a few of the original "Type section" howlites from Nova Scotia……..
The howlites I have look more like big cauliflower heads
and I used to give my students in mining geology, samples
I still hve several " superior' samples in my collection. SO I don't need any of that.
……...Youd sweat your ass of and would only worry when you stopped sweating