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Mother Lode Delegates Support Strategic Growth Plan

Sacramento, CA — The Mother Lode´s state congressional delegates are giving positive reaction to Governor Schwarzenegger´s state of the state address last night.

Assemblyman Dave Cogdill says he´s encouraged by the governor´s proposal to leverage $68 billion in general obligation bonds to effect $222.6 billion in infrastructure improvements over 20 years.

He says the state´s roads, bridges and waterways have been neglected for decades and he´s glad the governor is giving them the attention they need. He says the main focus will now be work through the details to make sure the resources are used wisely.

Meanwhile Senator Chuck Poochigian says the governor should find broad based support in congress, but the particulars will need to be worked out.

He says legislators “have to be mindful of our obligations to the people of California,” while considering what level of debt would be appropriate and how it would be paid back. He says it´s time for the debate to take place, and “see how things evolve in the next few months.”

The governor also proposed bold improvements in flood and pollution control, public safety and education. A proposed one dollar an hour increase in the state´s minimum wage was met with mixed reaction.

It´s all part of what the governor calls his “20-year Strategic Growth Plan.”

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