California, San Mateo County legislators are happy with state budget proposal

San Mateo Daily Journal
By Curtis Driscoll

Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday released his initial budget proposal for California’s 2022-23 budget, with state legislators from San Mateo County happy with spending addressing COVID, climate change and education.

State Sen. Josh Becker, D-San Mateo, commended the budget and its work to address decarbonization, wind energy, long-duration energy storage, education and transportation. He highlighted $22.5 billion for Climate Action investments, including $6.1 billion proposed over five years to catalyze the transition to zero-emission vehicles and $2 billion in clean energy investments.

“Transportation investments include a proposed $750 million for bike-pedestrian-and-community connectivity projects, $500 million for grade separations for safety and to ease traffic congestion, and $400 million for climate adaptations, key areas of interest particularly for the Peninsula,” Becker said.