Farm Bureau welcomes governor's attention to growth
» January 5, 2006 «
A Strategic Growth Plan outlined today by Gov. Schwarzenegger focuses much-needed attention on the need to invest in California's water system, roads, ports, schools and other facilities, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation. The state's largest farm organization said family farmers and ranchers depend on all of these services in order to grow and market safe, affordable and reliable food and farm goods.
Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar said California's rapidly growing population demands that the state invest in water and flood-control facilities, roads, schools, public safety and other areas the governor outlined.
"In just the past few days, for example, we've received a vivid reminder of how crucial it is for California to invest in flood protection," Mosebar said. "Californians, including many farmers, continue to dig out from the New Year's weekend floods. We welcome the governor's call for enhanced investment in flood protection and other important projects and services."
Mosebar noted that growth in California's rural areas has placed more demands on roads, schools and other facilities.
"Farm Bureau will work to ensure that rural communities earn their fair share of any new investments in water, transportation, education, public safety and other critical services," he said.
Farm Bureau will closely monitor specific proposals as they move through the Legislature, Mosebar said. He added that the organization is encouraged by the governor's long-term vision and his determination to prevent the state from spending beyond its means.
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 88,000 members.
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