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With just four days left for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign the 700-plus bills awaiting his yea or nay, legislative leaders are trying to hammer out a water deal and avoid the possible blanket veto Schwarzenegger is threatening.

My colleague E.J. Schultz has the details of the latest developments at the Fresno Bee's news blog:

The latest development: Assembly Republicans are seeking to trim several billion dollars from a proposed $12 billion water bond, yet still keep $3 billion for water storage, including dams. That would likely mean less money for upgrades in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

"There was an awful lot of environmental pork in there, we thought," said Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto.

Yet those changes aren't likely to sit well with Democrats. They have sought a smaller bond, but members with ties to environmentalists aren't likely to go along with a bond with such a high percentage reserved for dams.

Read E.J.'s entire post here.


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