Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed State Budget today, following are additional highlights for your information.
The Budget proposes $50 million General Fund one-time in 2018-19 to immediately begin a comprehensive, statewide education campaign on disaster preparedness and safety. This effort will focus on community engagement and public education in high-risk areas with an emphasis on public health and safety, and will make local grants available to address local and regional needs.
Safe Drinking Water
The Budget proposes $168.5 million in Proposition 68 funds for the State Water Resources Control Board to provide technical assistance, grants, and loans to public water systems in disadvantaged communities for infrastructure improvements to meet safe and affordable drinking water standards, including both drinking water and wastewater treatment projects.
- $10 million General Fund for the State Water Resources Control Board to address safe drinking water emergencies in disadvantaged communities, such as provision of interim alternate water supplies, including bottled or hauled water, and emergency improvements or repairs to existing water systems, such as well rehabilitation or replacement, extension of service, consolidation projects, or treatment systems. Also:
- $10 million General Fund for the State Water Resources Control Board to contract with, or provide grants to, an administrator to provide administrative, technical, operational, or managerial services to a designated water system to achieve compliance with current drinking water standards.
- Establish a new special fund, with a dedicated funding source from new water, fertilizer, and dairy fees, to enable the State Water Resources Control Board to assist communities, particularly disadvantaged communities, in paying for the short-term and long-term costs of obtaining access to safe and affordable drinking water.
- The Budget also includes $4.9 million General Fund on a one-time basis for the State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Food and Agriculture to take initial steps toward implementation of this new Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Program, including: (1) implementation of fee collection systems, (2) adoption of an annual implementation plan, and (3) development of a map of high-risk aquifers used as drinking water sources.
The Budget includes $27 million Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to increase job training and apprenticeship opportunities focused on disadvantaged communities. The proposal consists of:
- Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Partnerships—$10 million annually for 5 years to place approximately 3,000 disadvantaged workers in apprenticeships for a career in the trades by doubling the training capacity for each of the existing 14 regional hubs.
- Training Partnerships—$10 million annually for 5 years to place 2,000 disadvantaged workers into entry-level jobs and develop skills in climate and technology-related occupations through the expansion of existing partnerships.
- Worker Transition Fund—$5 million annually for 5 years to provide income replacement in conjunction with retraining for approximately 1,500 displaced workers resulting from climate policies or automation.
- Technical Assistance and Program Administration—$2 million for 11 positions and contract resources at the California Workforce Development Board to support these programs
~ CASH Staff