Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday vetoed an Assembly bill seeking $5 million to help battle the Asian citrus psyllid, angering citrus industry officials.
"His veto of AB 571 is a clear message to our industry that citrus no longer has a home in California," said Joel Nelsen, California Citrus Mutual president.
"The governor vetoed a bill designed to protect Southern California homeowners, the commercial citrus industry, and the pioneering use of biological control to stop the Asian citrus psyllid and deadly citrus disease Huanglongbing."
The bill would have appropriated $5 million of state funds to support research and programs to combat the psyllid and the disease it can spread.
In his veto message, Brown said he was "acutely aware of the devastating effects" of the psyllid and Huanglongbing, but added that "this program has mostly been funded by the citrus industry and the federal government. If the current support is inadequate, let's review our options during the budget process."
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