Sacramento, CA – California Association of Port Authorities President Gene Seroka issued the following statement on the release of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Equitable Recovery for California Businesses and Jobs Plan:
“The California Association of Port Authorities applaud Governor Newsom’s commitment to revitalizing our state’s economy as we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. The budget includes initial investments into zero-emission vehicles, reaffirming our state’s responsibility to address climate change. It also includes complementary investments in workforce development in support of climate equity. We strongly urge that a portion of funds available be allocated to meaningfully assist California ports who seek to support the State’s zero emission technology and workforce development goals. Supporting those goals will greatly help our ports in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as provide a pathway for our workforce to transition into the zero-emission economy.
As our state works to recover from the pandemic, California’s ports are positioned to play a foundational role in our economic recovery, allowing businesses to turn the corner and, in turn, put Californians back to work.”