Initiative That Would Require Vote On Delta Tunnels Makes 2016 Ballot

Nov 3, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build dual tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta could face a significant new hurdle—voters.

The Secretary of State’s office announced Monday that a constitutional initiative proposed by a wealthy Stockton-area farmer has qualified for the 2016 ballot.

The measure would require a statewide vote before a state agency could take out any bond of more than $2 billion for a public works project. Opponents of the initiative say requiring statewide votes will tie up projects and erode local control.

This story was produced by Capital Public Radio.