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California Blueprint Adds Billions for Climate, Transit, Equity

Jan. 10, 2022, 10:34 PM

California would put billions of dollars in play to combat climate change by boosting funding to battle wildfires and accelerating its move toward more low-emissions vehicles under a budget plan unveiled Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The budget blueprint, which would cover the fiscal year beginning July 1, would provide $648 million to support firefighters and equipment, including helicopters, to battle wildfires linked to drought and other impacts worsened by climate change.

Newsom (D) told reporters he’s proposing a total of $1.2 billion over two years for firefighting and protection of homes from wildfires “the likes of which the ...