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Call on the legislature to maintain state funding for equitable building decarbonization

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The 2022-23 state budget cycle committed nearly $1 billion to retrofit existing buildings in low-income communities and provide consumer rebates for building upgrades. This program is essential for addressing inequities and disproportionate pollution impacts for lower-income communities and communities of color, all while ensuring robust tenant protection, anti-displacement, and workforce standards.

But Governor Newsom is now proposing that $370 million in funding for building decarbonization be delayed in the 2023-24 budget cycle, including an additional reduction of $87 million planned for 2025-26 that directly supports projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from homes and advancing energy equity.

With an estimated cost of $11 billion to decarbonize California’s residential buildings, priority populations need investments now to avoid health impacts, bill increases, and reliability issues. 

State lawmakers are debating California’s climate budget cuts now before the final budget is voted on in May. Send a message to your state representatives today urging them to maintain investments in equitable building decarbonization! Use the form below to reach out. 

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