Senator Wieckowski's statement on Governor Newsom's budget proposal

January 10, 2022

SACRAMENTO ­– State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), the chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection and Energy, issued the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2022-23 state budget proposal.

“Working in partnership in 2021, the Governor and the Legislature took important steps on climate issues, such as approving multi-year funding to increase the number of zero emission vehicles and charging stations in California and reducing the threat of wildfires through prevention and improved forest management. I applaud the Governor’s determination to double down on these efforts with new funding commitments in today’s budget proposal.

“To make the dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, we need to increase our drive to clean vehicles and broaden our network of charging stations to eliminate range anxiety among travelers and commuters. Providing California consumers across the income spectrum with incentives to purchase new or used zero emission vehicles will help spark this transition and continue our state’s leadership in this growing industry.

“Building on last year’s $1.5 billion investment in wildfire prevention and forest management, the Governor’s proposing an additional $1.2 billion in his latest budget. I look forward to working with the administration and my budget and legislative colleagues to increase our multi-year commitment. Scaling up the effort to remove dead trees, make more fuel breaks and reduce the threat of wildfires will take a sustained effort over several years. It will not happen overnight.

“As the Governor said, his budget proposal will change between today and the May Revise. The budget committee will hold its first hearing next week and begin its work preparing another balanced, on-time budget that reflects the priorities and values of California.”

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes southern Alameda County and parts of Santa Clara county.