Newsom Draws Criticism For Plan To Cut Climate, ZEV Funds Due To Deficit

January 11, 2023
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is proposing to cut $6 billion -- or about 11 percent -- from key climate and zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) budgets in fiscal year 2023-24 due to the state’s estimated $22.5 billion budget deficit, drawing criticism from environmental, equity and clean energy advocates. “The cuts hit heavily on zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles and on transportation equity projects, which means these cuts will disproportionately impact low-income communities of color, which already are burdened by excess diesel pollution and...

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