While California is experiencing tremendous growth and historically low unemployment rates, our state’s poverty rate is still the highest in the country. In fact, one of every five Californians today lives in poverty, including two million children.
CARB has to take into consideration all the households that are at and below poverty that will be impacted by this increase. Statistics show that Californians have paid $5.8 billion more for electricity than ratepayers in the rest of the country using the same amount of energy.
As it stands right now many low-income Californians cannot afford to live near their places of work because the cost of housing is so high. Increasing transportation cost will have a significant impact on these households in my community.View Article