One day after California farmers pulled their support from a pair of massive $16 billion tunnels that nobody wants to pay for, Gov. Jerry Brown made his position clear on the issue.
“F*** off,” Brown said to farmers at a press conference in the State Capitol. “We’re doing it anyway.”
The governor was responding to a question from the Associated Press, which reported that “the board of Westlands Water District, the nation’s largest supplier of irrigation water to farms, voted to withdraw its participation from the project after … farmers overwhelmingly concluded it was too expensive.”
“And if you think $16 billion is too expensive,” Brown continued, “we’re also taking your money to build the bullet train and affordable housing. We’re going to spend your money on sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, free college, free healthcare, and a $15 minimum wage for state workers. Plus, we already took your money to maintain dams, levees, freeways, and government office buildings.”
State Natural Resources Secretary John Laird said the people who pay for public works projects “just don’t get it.”
“We all agree our aging infrastructure has been ignored and nobody knows what we spent the money on,” Laird said. “Dams and freeways are crumbling, but this vote by the water district in no way signals the end of WaterFix. What the f*** are you going to do about it?”