The Press Democrat
By Hannah Beausang
California lawmakers this week approved a nearly $200 billion budget that includes an “unprecedented” investment in recovery for fire-ravaged counties and future disaster response, state Sen. Mike McGuire said Friday.
“This is a historic budget for the state of California,” said McGuire, D-Healdsburg. “Never in our history have we invested as much as we have this year in fire recovery, rebuilding and response.”
It provides critical relief to the North Bay, including $29.1 million to cover the costs incurred by local governments during the debris cleanup, the largest since the 1906 earthquake. The estimated $13 million Santa Rosa and Sonoma County each would have owed will be covered, said state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa.
It’s the first time Gov. Jerry Brown has backed such an agreement, McGuire said.