SACRAMENTO (AP) – A California legislative committee has stripped the $1 billion in funding from a bill to protect homes against wildfire through home improvements.
The Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday removed the spending from a bill by Democratic Assemblyman Jim Wood.READ MORE: Construction Concerns Hit Businesses Along Highway 99
It comes after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom declined to commit to the spending last week. He’s said he would work with the Legislature to find money and “we’ll try to do our best.”
A spokeswoman for Wood says he’ll continue fighting for spending.READ MORE: 'Simply Just Another Bump In The Road': Future Sacramento Firefighter Tells Inspirational Story From Chemo To Cadet
Wood’s proposal would have given $1 billion in financial assistance and rebates to people in high fire risk areas to harden their homes, such as by making their roofs fire resistant.
Californians can already get up to $3,000 to retrofit their homes if they live in earthquake zones.MORE NEWS: Sacramento Highway 99 Closure Now In Place: How To Get Around It
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