Business applauds signing of historic infrastructure package

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is on its way to boosting job creation and ushering in a clean construction boom, thanks to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s freshly signed plan to accelerate development and maximize $180 billion in infrastructure investments over the next decade.

Business and community leaders united by the nonpartisan New California Coalition (NCC) celebrated Monday following Newsom’s signing of his infrastructure streamlining bills in Sacramento. Swift and thoughtful execution of Newsom’s plan will help California meet ambitious climate goals, repair and replace aging infrastructure, create an estimated 400,000 good-paying jobs and expedite environmental planning.

The package includes a “shot clock” that limits the duration of lawsuits filed under the oft-abused California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) targeting water, transportation, clean energy and other vital infrastructure projects. It mirrors a solution the New California Coalition included in its 10-Point Plan for Housing Affordability following months of statewide polling. Permitting and record keeping reforms in Newsom’s package will also accelerate construction of new homes amid the state’s housing shortage emergency.

“Today is a happy day for the New California Coalition because passage of Governor Newsom’s infrastructure package ensures a brighter tomorrow for everyday Californians worried about access to safe drinking water, affordable clean energy, quality roads and good jobs. Let’s get to work building big things faster now!” said Tracy Hernandez, NCC Co-Leader and Founding CEO of the Los Angeles County Business Federation “BizFed.”

“We thank Governor Newsom for his bold leadership in getting this historic infrastructure package across the finish line. We’re particularly excited to partner with the Newsom administration on creating semiconductor manufacturing jobs. This package will supercharge California’s ability to secure federal funding unlocked by the CHIPS and Science Act,” said Jim Wunderman, NCC Co-Leader and President/CEO of the Bay Area Council.

Hernandez and Wunderman led multiplatform advocacy efforts to trumpet the broad business community’s support of Newsom’s infrastructure package ahead of last week’s final votes in the California State Legislature and Monday’s signing ceremony in Sacramento. NCC rallied its statewide network of partners to testify at every informational in June hearing concerning the proposal; mobilized nearly 90 statewide business groups to sign a support letter delivered to all 120 state legislators; and secured a series of media placements as part of its public awareness campaign amplifying the urgent need for water, transportation, energy and other infrastructure upgrades. 

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