California Gov. Newsom Proposes Reducing Climate Change Funding Amid $22 Billion State Budget Deficit

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a bill signing ceremony at Nido's Backyard Mexican Restaurant on February 09, 2022 in San Francisco, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signedlegislation to extend COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave for workers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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  • “That makes us very mindful of the uncertainty of this next calendar year — and as a consequence of that — we’re not touching the reserves because we have a wait-and-see approach to this budget,” Newsom said, according to The Los Angeles Times.
  • Budget cuts include about $6 billion pulled away from programs designed to boost zero-emission vehicles in low-income neighborhoods and replace greenhouse gas vehicles like delivery trucks, airplanes, rail lines, and others, KCRA reported.
  • Politico noted the governor has also proposed to delay spending billions of dollars on public universities, transit, behavioral health, building decarbonization, and watersheds.

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