CA Assemblyman Wilk on high speed rail and water infrastructure

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I wanted to update you on my recent legislation concerning the California high-speed rail and the severe drought we are facing.
 
Earlier today, my Assembly Bill 1866 failed to pass the Assembly Transportation Committee.
 
AB 1866 would have given Californians the opportunity in November to strike down the high-speed rail bond funds and convert them into water infrastructure dollars. The water projects would have included construction of desalination plants and reservoirs, wastewater and recycling facilities, water delivery systems, and aquifer recharge.
 
Unfortunately, my measure failed along a party line vote, with the majority party voting down my bill.
 
Between the ever-changing travel times, cost projections, and construction deadlines, the high-speed rail has proven to be a failure of epic proportions.
 
Even still, the high-speed rail project is advancing without any reasonable expectation that the funds will be available to complete it.
 
I crafted AB 1866 in order to capitalize on future rainfall, invest in water infrastructure, and most of all use tax dollars wisely in a way that benefits all Californians.
 
One of my goals as your State Assemblyman is to ensure the taxes you pay are used responsibly and sensibly. The high-speed rail was a boondoggle from the onset, and I believe water infrastructure would be a significantly better use of taxpayer dollars.  
 
As always, please contact my office at (661) 286-1565 if you have any questions or concerns.

My best,

-Scott Wilk, Assemblyman AD 38


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