Sacramento Elected Leaders, Health, Clean Air, Environmental Advocates Kick Off Campaign for Proposition 30, the California Clean Air Initiative

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Sept. 15, 2022

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SACRAMENTO ELECTED LEADERS, HEALTH, CLEAN AIR, ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES KICK OFF CAMPAIGN FOR PROPOSITION 30, THE CALIFORNIA CLEAN AIR INITIATIVE 

Statewide Ballot Measure Would Fund Climate Action, Firefighting

SACRAMENTO, CA – With wildfires, poor air quality and record heat plaguing California, Sacramento environmental, labor, public health, business and elected leaders launched the campaign for passage of Proposition 30, the California Clean Air Initiative, today at the State Capitol.

Speaking in support of the measure in Sacramento today were: Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento); Battalion Chief John Byrne, Chapter Director for Cal Fire Local 2881; Mariela Ruacho, Clean Air Advocacy Manager, American Lung Association; Bill Magavern, Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air; Melissa Romero, Senior Legislative Manager, California Environmental Voters; and Bob Ward, Business Manager, IBEW Local 340.

Proposition 30 is the climate action ballot initiative that will help millions of Californians afford  electric vehicles, create a statewide EV charging network, and reduce catastrophic wildfires by funding forest management, more firefighters, and firefighting equipment. The measure generates approximately $100 billion over 20 years for these critical programs by taxing only those who can most afford it — Californians with personal income over $2 million per year. 

Last month, the California Air Resources Board approved a measure requiring all new cars and light trucks sold in the state by 2035 to be zero-emission vehicles. Proponents said the measure will jumpstart the statewide transition to clean vehicles by making zero-emission vehicles more affordable through rebates, grants and financial assistance. Half of the funding will benefit low-income families and those in disadvantaged communities, which are disproportionately impacted by air pollution. 

In addition, Proposition 30, which is backed by CAL FIRE State Firefighters Local 2881, invests nearly $1 billion per year in the prevention and control of wildfires. It includes funding to hire more state firefighters, support forest resilience programs, and improve fire safety infrastructure.

“Our air quality is the worst in the nation and among the worst in the world, and our consecutive years of devastating wildfires are poisoning our air, threatening lives and exhausting our brave firefighters,” said Assemblymember McCarty. “With Proposition 30, we have the opportunity to reduce air pollution, curb climate change, and build a bold, long-range plan to fund both our acceleration to EVs and firefighting resources.”

“Proposition 30 is a unique and rare alliance of CAL FIRE firefighters, labor, elected officials, business, health, and environmental groups who have come together because we recognize that our air quality issues are so severe,” said Battalion Chief John Byrne, Chapter Director for CAL FIRE Local 2881. “Of the roughly $100 billion Prop 30 will bring in to fix our air quality, 20% of the funding will go to CAL FIRE firefighters so we can suppress fires, help our communities be more resilient and prevent more devastating wildfires in the future.”

“We have the opportunity to jumpstart that transition to clean transportation,” said Bill Magavern of the Coalition for Clean Air. “Proposition 30 is a bold clean air measure that will invest about $100 billion over 20 years to reduce harmful emissions from our two largest sources of air pollution — vehicles and wildfires.”

Proposition 30 is endorsed by a broad coalition of health, labor, business, environmental, and firefighting groups. Supporters include the American Lung Association, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the California Democratic Party, and the State Building and Construction Trades of California. 

For additional background on ballot initiative, visit  www.yeson30.org.

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