(Sacramento, CA — Jan. 10, 2023) Earlier today, Governor Gavin Newsom released a proposed budget for California’s next fiscal year, outlining expenditures on a range of issues impacting human health, education, and the environment. The proposed spending necessarily reflects the uncertainty of California’s fiscal situation but also works hard to “keep promises” and uphold previous commitments, as the Governor emphasized in his press conference.
“Despite the recent economic downturn, we greatly appreciate Governor Newsom’s efforts to uphold critical funding for climate, drought, and water resilience. This commitment continues the legacy of leadership on climate resilience through forward thinking, taking into account historic inequities.”
“As the Governor noted this morning, the drought is not over, but recent precipitation has highlighted the importance of groundwater recharge and transparent and reliable water data. To this end, we are pleased to see the commitment made last year to continue funding for multibenefit land repurposing upheld and the new funding for enhanced water data as well as Central Valley Flood Protection added to the budget.”
“We appreciate the Governor’s continued interest and funding for medium and heavy-duty zero-emissions vehicles, and we look forward to working with him to continue to strengthen these allocations. While the state experiences budget constraints, there is also an opportunity to make a small initial investment in SB 372 (Leyva) which enables private capital to stretch the state budget and to achieve our ambitious ZEV goals.”
“We look forward to working with Governor Newsom and Legislative leadership to identify important and timely down payments that reflect both limited financial resources of the state and our significant and systemic environmental challenges.”
- Ann Hayden, Associate Vice President for Climate Resilient Water Systems
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