Asm. Jim Wood Thanks Governor Newsom and Legislative Leaders for Early Budget Deal for Wildfire Prevention Funding

Thursday, April 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO—Today Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) announced a $536 million funding plan to help improve California’s resilience to wildfires. 

“We know that fire season is looming and I am grateful for the work that has gone into this critical funding deal,” said Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa). “It includes:

  • $278 million that upholds the annual funding commitment I requested three years ago in SB 901 – the bill that addressed the devastating wildfires of 2017.
  • $25 million to fund home hardening efforts as laid out in my bill AB 38, which was signed two years ago, and has lacked funding due to state budget constraints. That $25 million will allow us to seek $75 million in matching federal funds from FEMA.
  • $50 million in funding for the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program as designed in my bill AB 9 which I just introduced earlier this year.

These funds are critical to getting work started on the ground now before our fire season is at its highest risk. With a very possible drought year ahead of us, we absolutely have to do everything possible to avoid another devastating wildfire season. Proven, shovel-ready projects are ready to go and will be able to start as soon as funding is available. This funding serves our immediate needs but I look forward to more funding coming in June when the rest of the 2021-22 budget is signed.”

Details on the funding package can be found in SB 85 and AB 79.

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