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Scott Wilk Weekly Update - January 23, 2014

Every Wednesday at 5:10 p.m. Assemblyman Scott Wilk, 38th Assembly District will keep us up to date on all latest news in Sacramento and how it impacts our Santa Clarita Valley.

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Wilk Weekly Update - January 23, 2014

Governor Brown Gives State of the State Address

Governor Brown needs to quit touting the ‘California comeback,’ the state’s revenue surge is due to a stellar year in the stock market and the $6 billion in new, higher, temporary taxes from Prop 30.  This means the increase in revenue is fleeting and Sacramento needs to invest more ‘surplus’ dollars into the rainy day fund in order to stabilize funding when the next economic downturn occurs.

Governor was silent on an economic growth plan for California’s small businesses.  The only way Sacramento is going to overcome the wall of debt is by having private enterprise grow the economy.

Pleased to see the Governor’s plan begins to address our state’s extreme debt load. Brown advocates allocating $11 billion in new debt repayment, to immediately repay over $6 billion in school district deferrals and to eventually pay off the “wall of debt” by 2017-18.

Testifying at Commission on State Mandate Board Hearing Tomorrow

The Sanitation District’s test claim contends the Chloride TMDL is a state mandate, as opposed to a federal mandate, and contains discretionary standards set by the Regional Board that exceed any mandatory requirements arising from the federal Clean Water Act or prescribed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and, therefore, the state’s mandate is a higher level of service than required under federal law and subject to reimbursement

Test claims are the means by which local agencies can seek a decision by the Commission regarding reimbursement for the cost of state mandates

The Los Angeles Sanitation District filed a test claim with the Commission on March 31, 2011. The Sanitation District’s test claim contends the Chloride TMDL is a state mandate, as opposed to a federal mandate, and contains discretionary standards set by the Regional Board that exceed any mandatory requirements arising from the federal Clean Water Act or prescribed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and, therefore, the state’s mandate is a higher level of service than required under federal law and subject to reimbursement.

The Sanitation District’s test claim seeks funds from the state to reimburse its costs for the Chloride TMDL “implementation tasks” required by the Regional Board and, ultimately, for construction of the treatment option selected to comply with the chloride limits specified in the TMDL.

Due to unfunded state mandate by the State Water Resources Control Board and the LA Regional Water Quality Control Board to meet the TMDL level, Santa Clarita Valley and unincorporated area residents will residents of SCV will be paying 100% of the costs for a new treatment facility.

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Scott Wilk Weekly Update - January 23, 2014


Article: Scott Wilk Weekly Update - January 23, 2014
Source: Santa Clarita Podcasts
Author: Kyle Jellings