December 26, 2008--California budget impasse halts flood control projects (Environmental News Service)

The lack of budget agreement between the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature last week caused the state Pooled Money Investment Board - two Democrats, one Republican - to vote to stop $3.8 billion in state infrastructure financing over the next six months. As a result, $234 million in financing for the Natomas Levee Improvement Program, which includes some of the most vulnerable portions of the Natomas levee system, has been halted. The Natomas levee system shields 80,000 people from the Sacramento River and is so vulnerable that area building permits are not being issued until it is fixed.

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