SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, introduced Assembly Bill 1866 that would allow voters to cancel the High Speed Rail Project and redirect those funds to vital water projects such as storage and conveyance, as well as desalination.
“The $68 billion Bullet Train is the largest public works project in the history of man and if allowed to be completed will be a boondoggle of epic portions,” stated Wilk.
If passed, AB 1866 would give voters the chance in November of 2016 to terminate the Bullet Train and repurpose up to $8 billion to water programs. These water projects include the construction of desalination facilities, wastewater treatments and recycling facilities, reservoirs, water conveyance infrastructure, and aquifer recharge.
“To enhance economic growth and improve Californians' quality of life we need to have a robust water storage system and an 'all of the above' approach to water management,” said Wilk. “It's time to derail the Bullet Train and commit resources to preserve our most precious natural resource, water.”