California's Middle-Class Taxpayers Could Get a Rebate Under Proposal — Newsom's Plan

California's Middle-Class Taxpayers Could Get a Rebate Under Proposal — Newsom's Plan”

The state of emergency covers about 30% of the state's population across 39 additional counties, ranging from Kern County at the southern end of the Central Valley to Siskiyou County near the OR border, and includes the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Tulare Lake Watershed and Klamath River region.

"It's time for Californians to pull together once again to save water", Wade Crowfoot, secretary of the state's Natural Resources Agency, said in a statement. "This package of bold investments will equip the state with the tools we need to tackle the drought emergency head-on while addressing long-standing water challenges and helping to secure vital and limited water supplies to sustain our state into the future".

Residents have been urged to limit their water usage by taking shorter showers, checking their pipes for leaks, limiting how often they water their lawns and outdoor plants, and not letting the water run while brushing their teeth or washing dishes. The declarations cover the majority of the state's 58 counties.

When that snow melts, it feeds the state's water sources. It also eases regulations.

Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting, the chamber's budget chair, said the state has the ability to help the neediest people because of how well wealthier Californians did during the pandemic.

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The move comes after Newsom first declared a drought emergency last month in Sonoma and Mendocino counties due to the severe lack of rainfall and as the region sees "historic and unanticipated reductions in the amount of water flowing to major reservoirs". A spokesperson for the California Department of Finance said the numbers for this year's state budget won't be finalized until 2023.

Raphael Sonenshein, the executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, said it was unlikely that an extra $600 would soften hard-line opposition to Mr. Newsom among the state's minority of Republican voters.

The state was last under a widespread drought emergency from 2012 to 2016.

A number of factors prompted the administration to act now, officials aid. The heat also caused higher consumption of water, leaving reservoir levels extremely low for the consumers, farmers, and wildlife that depend on them. Estimates are it could provide a savings account for as many as 3.8 million California schoolchildren. At full implementation, Newsom's advisors say the program will cost $2.7 billion a year. Restrictions on landscape watering have been in place for a decade, and the city continues to offer conservation rebates for water-efficient appliances and lawn removal.

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