Last year, California did what Washington, D.C. has failed to do. Democrats and Republicans worked together to reduce pollution while protecting jobs and the economy. We did this by extending California’s landmark cap-and-trade program.
And on June 5, voters have a chance to vote “yes” on Proposition 70 to ensure that the money generated from this program is spent in the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way possible.
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Currently, billions of dollars from California’s cap-and-trade program are dedicated to preventing fires by keeping our forests healthy; helping farmers implement high-tech solutions to reduce emissions; enabling residents to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades; and improving air quality for millions living in our most polluted communities.
Firefighters, business leaders, Democrats and Republicans all support Proposition 70 because it guarantees that money from this program is only spent as intended -- to reduce pollution, protect the environment and enhance our ability to respond to wildfires.
Importantly, the measure also provides a strong safeguard against efforts by special interests to pocket the money for other purposes -- and undercut our efforts.
It improves transparency by requiring two-thirds of the Legislature to come together in 2024 to evaluate if the money has been spent wisely to benefit all Californians. And finally, Proposition 70 provides for strong legislative oversight to ensure California’s leading climate change program is achieving results.
Vote “yes” on Prop. 70 to provide the checks and balances taxpayers deserve and protect California’s signature climate change program. Together we can cut pollution, grow our economy, and create jobs.
Jerry Brown is governor of California and can be contacted at email@example.com. Chad Mayes, a Yucca Valley Republican, represents the 42nd state Assembly District and can be contacted at Chad.Mayes@asm.ca.gov.