FRESNO – As part of ongoing efforts to combat climate change, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will join legislative, environmental, business and community leaders tomorrow in Fresno to sign legislation that directs $900 million in cap-and-trade funds to greenhouse gas reducing programs that benefit disadvantaged communities, support clean transportation and protect natural ecosystems. The governor will also sign bills that prioritize spending in communities disproportionally impacted by dirty air and carbon pollution.
When: Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. Media must arrive by 11:15 a.m.
Where: Spiral Garage rooftop, 801 Van Ness Ave, Fresno, CA 93721
The bills to be signed tomorrow include:
• AB 1613 by the Committee on Budget – which details the $900 million cap-and-trade investments in this year’s legislative appropriation.
• SB 859 by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review – which provides statutory provisions for the $900 million 2016 cap-and-trade expenditure plan in AB 1613.
• AB 1550 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) – which modifies the current requirement that 25 percent of auction proceeds benefit disadvantaged communities with 10 percent spent directly in those communities. The new rules require at least 25 percent of funds go to projects within and benefitting disadvantaged communities and at least 10 percent for low-income households.
• AB 2722 by Assemblymember Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood) – which directs cap-and-trade funds to a competitive grant program administered by the Strategic Growth Council for greenhouse gas emission reduction projects that provide local economic, environmental and health benefits to disadvantaged communities.
**Note: This event is open to credentialed media and invited guests only.