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ACWA Comments on Gov. Gavin Newsom's Proposed Tax on Drinking Water

by: Heather Engel
Posted: January 14, 2019

SACRAMENTO...The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Deputy Executive Director for Government Relations Cindy Tuck issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to tax water, which was part of his proposed 2019-20 state budget released today:

"The vast majority of the state's residents have access to safe drinking water, but a small percentage of the population does not. This unacceptable reality is a social issue for the State of California. ACWA believes that making access to safe drinking water for all Californians should be a top priority for the State. However, a statewide water tax is highly problematic and is not necessary when alternative funding solutions exist and the state has a huge budget surplus.

"ACWA wants to work with Gov. Newsom, his administration, the Legislature and other stakeholders on a funding solution that does not impose a statewide water tax."


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