Calif. governor signs $7.5B plan to tackle drought

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a $7.5 billion water plan to tackle the record-breaking drought, moving quickly to place it on the state's November ballot.

Voters will be able to weigh in on whether the state should issue $7.1 billion in new bonds, $445 million of which is coming from prior debt sales.

“Water is the lifeblood of any civilization and for California it’s the precondition of healthy rivers, valleys, farms and a strong economy,” Brown said in a statement, according to Bloomberg News.

California is experiencing its third year of drought, hitting 80 percent of California.

Brown said he had never witnessed Democrats and Republicans so united in his lifetime after the legislature sent the deal to his desk, according to The Associated Press.