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Sharp Differences As Infrastructure Committee Begins Work

Sacramento, CA — Members of a two-house conference committee are expressing sharply different priorities as they begin working over Governor Schwarzenegger´s $222 billion public works plan.

The Republican governor wants the state to spend the money over the next 10 years to upgrade highways, expand intercity rail, improve levees and build more schools, prisons, jails, courthouses and reservoirs and make certain other improvements.

The funding would come from a variety of sources, including existing state funding, federal aid, new fees and the sale of $68 billion in state bonds.

Lawmakers agree the state needs to make improvements in its aging infrastructure, but there is disagreement over how much to spend, how to raise the money and what to spend it on.