Governor Newsom Hit The Ground Running On His First Full Day In Office

Governor Newsom Hit The Ground Running On His First Full Day In Office

California Governor Gavin Newsom hit the ground running on his first full day in office, pledging to invest tens of millions of dollars to fight wildfires and deal with their aftermath.  At a state emergency operations center in Colfax, Newsom outlined $105 million in new fire-related spending be added to the already $200 million approved by lawmakers last year for a total of $305 million.  Although he noted more specifics on this investment will come out in his budget due this week, he revealed that the bulk will go toward forest management and fuel reduction already approved by lawmakers. He says his plan also calls for “new equipment, historic investment, new strategies to pre-deploy resources and assets, a historical amount of money to address the need to invest in our forest to make them healthier and more resilient and always an emphasis of supporting local government.”  The governor’s budget includes buying new fire engines to pre-deploy in fire prone areas, improving camera technology to monitor fire threats, fixing up firefighting aircraft, investing in firefighters’ mental health and boosting the California Conservation Corps.  The new governor avoided confronting the controversial issue of how much responsibility utilities, like PG&E, should hold when their equipment starts wildfires. Utilities are currently asking lawmakers to change the state’s liability standards, some of the strictest in the nation.

Written by KVGC Staff

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