Governor Newsom’s Revised Budget Proposal Addresses Climate Threats Facing Californians

EDF Statement from Katelyn Roedner Sutter, Senior Manager, U.S. Climate

May 13, 2022
Chandler Green, chgreen@edf.org, 803-981-2211

(Sacramento, CA — May 13, 2022) Today, Governor Gavin Newsom released a revised budget proposal for California’s next fiscal year, building on his original budget package presented in January. In this “May Revise,” the Governor proposes spending that extends the bold climate commitments already made, while providing relief for the myriad challenges facing Californians, especially climate change. Today’s announcement adds an additional $9.5 billion to the $22.5 billion proposed in January for a total climate commitment of $32 billion.

“Governor Newsom’s revised budget proposal reflects the numerous climate change threats facing Californians. As we anticipate hotter conditions and the risk of power shortages, the budget’s focus on enhancing electricity reliability and affordability is imperative for protecting households. This includes proposed investments in critical bill relief for the state's most vulnerable residents. The state should engage early and meaningfully with local communities as electricity generation and siting options are considered.”

“Californians cannot afford to continue living with dangerous levels of air pollution and escalating drought conditions. Governor Newsom should continue building on his January budget proposal and working with the Legislature to deliver significant investments in zero-emission vehicles, including heavy-duty vehicles, and long-term strategies to reduce California’s dependence on shrinking groundwater supplies. To this end, California leaders should step up investments in long-term strategies like multi-benefit land repurposing.

“EDF applauds Governor Newsom for leveraging this budget surplus to back his strong climate commitments.”

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