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SAN DIEGO - Gov. Jerry Brown said today that he will make a proposal by summer for a peripheral canal or other way to move water through or around the Delta, a controversial, multi-billion project.

The Democratic governor said the project itself - not including the cost of restoring the Delta - will be paid for by water users and will not require a general obligation bond. He did not address financing for environmental mitigation in any detail.

"To get the project, we do not need tax money," Brown said. "The big water users will pay for having water reliability."

Brown, concluding a two-day swing through Southern California to promote infrastructure spending and his ballot measure to raise taxes, said he is "cleaning up a mess" in state spending that requires both additional tax revenue and service cuts, as Brown discussed here:


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