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Senate Committee Approves Bond Measure To Help Pay For Bay Bridge

Sacramento, CA — A state Senate committee has approved a $7.7 billion bond proposal to pay for a variety of state infrastructure projects, including the badly overbudget Bay Bridge retrofit.

The proposed bond would be placed on the November 2006 ballot as part of a bailout package for the Bay Bridge´s new eastern span.

The bond measure is an attempt to resolve a disagreement with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger over how to finish the eastern span.

The governor wants to scrap the proposed single-tower suspension design in favor of extending the skyway now under construction all the way to Yerba Buena Island.

He also wants the Bay Area to pay nearly the full cost of the overruns.

Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson says the administration opposes Perata´s bond measure.