California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, which he helped author and pass last month with support from the California Democrats
This once-in-a-lifetime investment will aid in the creation of high-quality employment.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Nov. 6, Governor Gavin Newsom made the following statement in response to President Biden’s $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act legislative package being passed by Congress. This once-in-a-generation investment will help Californians find good employment, support the upgrading of important state infrastructure, enhance transportation, and finance the growth of zero-emission car infrastructure.
“President Biden recognizes the need of building a climate-resilient future, and Congress’ infrastructure plan builds on California’s unparalleled investments to sustain and modernize the state,” Governor Newsom stated. “This historic infrastructure package will help speed investments in our clean transportation system, reduce some of the harshest effects of climate change, and advance new projects that will generate thousands of jobs,” says the president.
More information on how California will benefit from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act may be found here.
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California anticipates receiving:
- Over the next five years, the federal government will spend $25.3 billion on highway apportioned initiatives and $4.2 billion on bridge maintenance and rehabilitation.
- Over the next five years, $9.45 billion will be spent to expand public transit alternatives across the state.
- $384 million over five years to assist the development of an electric vehicle charging network in the state, as well as the ability to qualify for $2.5 billion in EV charging grant funds.
- A minimum of $100 million will be spent to assist expand internet access throughout the state.
- Over the next five years, $84 million will be spent to defend against wildfires, and $40 million will be spent to protect against cyberattacks.
- $3.5 billion over five years to upgrade water infrastructure throughout the state and guarantee that Californians have access to clean, safe drinking water.
- Over the next five years, $1.5 billion will be spent on airport infrastructure expansion.
California has already undertaken major infrastructure expenditures as part of Governor Newsom’s $100 billion California Comeback Plan, which will be bolstered by new funds in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
The Governor’s Plan invested $2 billion in new firefighting equipment including as air tankers and helicopters, as well as supporting a statewide forest and wildfire resiliency plan.
The Governor’s Plan includes a $3.9 billion investment to accelerate our zero-emission vehicle targets, which will result in better air for future generations. The California Comeback Plan includes $3.7 billion to build resilience against the state’s multi-faceted climate risks, such as extreme heat and sea level rise, as well as to address environmental justice priorities that benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities who bear the brunt of climate change impacts.
The Governor’s Plan allocates $5.2 billion over three years to support immediate drought relief and long-term water resilience in the face of more extreme weather cycles, including funding for emergency drought relief projects to secure and expand water supplies, implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, and wildlife and habitat restoration projects.
California has spent $6 billion to build a state-owned open access middle mile network and last-mile initiatives that link unserved homes and businesses to local networks, increasing broadband coverage and access.
With the passing of this federal infrastructure measure, our state will get even more funding. Governor Newsom will continue to advocate for and execute ideas that will benefit all Californians. The success of California’s initiatives, together with our cooperation with the Biden White House, will assist to spread our revolutionary work throughout the country.
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