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Gov. Jerry Brown lays out his plan for cap-and-trade spending

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Gov. Jerry Brown lays out his plan for cap-and-trade spending

Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) are pushing plans for cap-and-trade money. None
Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) are pushing plans for cap-and-trade money.

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled on Thursday his plan for spending cap-and-trade revenue, prioritizing cleaner vehicles and improving air quality.

Roughly $1.5 billion, all generated by the sale of permits required to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, is available to be spent by the governor and lawmakers. 

Brown wants the biggest chunk of the money, $607.5 million, to be used on financial incentives for cleaner cars, trucks, buses and farm vehicles. 

Reducing pollution from transportation has been a stiff challenge for the state. Lawmakers have already proposed using even more cash than outlined in the governor's proposal to help replace diesel engines

The governor also suggested spending $350 million to improve air quality in polluted communities. The money would help implement Assembly Bill 617, a companion measure to Assembly Bill 398, which extended the cap-and-trade program until 2030.

Some of the money would help pay for monitoring criteria air pollutants and toxic contaminants, and more would be available to support plans devised by local regulators to reduce air pollution. 

Another significant sum would be used to help take care of the state's forests, including $200 million for fire prevention.

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