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Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California

Rep. McNerney Issues Statement on Joint Legislative Audit Committee Vote to Greenlight Tunnels Audit

Aug 11, 2016
Press Release

Stockton, CA – Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) issued the following statement in response to the California State Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee voting to approve an audit of the California WaterFix Project funding:

“Since the Governor’s tunnels project would devastate the Delta region and will cost at least $20 billion dollars, it is more than appropriate for such a large infrastructure project to go through an official audit to determine its financial feasibility. I’m glad to see the Joint Legislative Audit Committee do its due diligence to get an audit of the costs and assess potential misuse of funds. I have said before that the tunnels project is a misguided strategy that not only wastes billions of dollars, but also threatens the way of life for an entire region while creating no new water in the process. As California experiences its fifth year of severe drought with projections of worsening droughts in the future, we are better off using limited financial resources to secure our water supply through investments that expand water recycling programs and other solutions that boost regional self-sufficiency across the state. I look forward to the State Auditor’s findings, and I will continue offering solutions that are a better use of taxpayers’ resources.”

To learn more about the scope of the audit, visit: https://www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/analyses/2016-132.pdf.

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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.