CA leaders propose $1B drought relief package

California Gov. Jerry Brown and state leaders unveiled legislation Thursday for a $1 billion drought relief package designed to help the state deal with ongoing dry conditions.

"This unprecedented drought continues with no signs yet of letting up," Brown said in a release. "The programs funded by the actions announced today will provide direct relief to workers and communities most impacted by these historic dry conditions."

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The package would include funding for safe drinking water and infrastructure projects designed to help the state deal with dry weather.

Jerry Brown, governor of California
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It would also accelerate $128 million in funding from Brown's budget to communities heavily affected by the drought, the governor's office said.

About 93 percent of California remains in at least a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Drought in the state is expected to causes losses of about $3 billion this year.

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California has pledged more than $870 million to drought relief since last February. Brown has previously called on California residents to reduce their water use.