Bay Area Environmental, Labor & Political Leaders Highlight Prop 30’s Equity Provisions, Denounce Opposition’s Record Number of Billionaire Donors

Nov. 7, 2022
Deborah Camiel | (818) 299-3656 |


Statewide Ballot Measure Would Address Climate Injustice Fueled by Income and Racial Inequality

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On election eve, supporters of Prop 30 made their final push for support and denounced the dozens of Bay Area billionaires funding their opposition.

Speaking in support of the measure were Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb; Victoria Rome, Director, California Government Affairs, Natural Resources Defense Council; and John Doherty, Business Manager, IBEW Local 6.

View the press conference here.

A record-breaking 30 billionaires have contributed to the campaign to defeat Proposition 30, the ballot measure that will increase taxes on multi-millionaires to fund clean air programs, according to campaign filings reported to the California Secretary of State.

The contributions are the most donations ever by billionaires to any ballot campaign in history, according to state and national records. In total, the No campaign has reported nearly $22 million in contributions, largely from wealthy donors affiliated with Govern for California, a group whose practices are under review by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

The lifestyles of the wealthiest Californians — flying private planes, owning multiple cars and several large homes — have a detrimental and disproportionate effect on climate. At the same time, hard-working lower-income families are dealing with an affordability crisis and facing the disproportionate health and economic impacts of climate change.

Proposition 30 aims to address that: it 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.

Victoria Rome said, “Proposition 30 is supported by a strong coalition. Prop 30 comes directly from the need for comprehensive climate policy. We need ongoing, sustained funding to fully implement climate policy and make sure all Californians have access to clean air and clean transportation.”

City Councilmember Dan Kalb added, “Prop 30 is about two things: where does the money come from and what will the money be spent on. Anyone else who says it’s about something else is a distraction. Proposition 30 is about progressive values. It’s about making sure every community in our state is a model for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and taking on the climate crisis fight. We can do this if we pass Prop 30.”

The California Air Resources Board recently approved a a measure requiring all new cars and light trucks sold in the state by 2035 to be zero-emission vehicles. But ZEVs remain unaffordable for the average Californian. Prop 30 will accelerate our transition to clean vehicles by bringing ZEVs within reach for all Californians via rebates, grants, and financial assistance. Half of the funding will benefit low-income families and those in disadvantaged communities that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution.

Proposition 30 is endorsed by a broad coalition of health, labor, business, environmental, and firefighting groups. Supporters include the American Lung Association, CAL FIRE Local 2881, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the California Democratic Party, and the State Building and Construction Trades of California.

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