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Are Historic Infrastructure Investments Going to California Communities that Need Them Most?

Amanda Fencl

Published Jun 6, 2024

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According to new analysis, federal infrastructure investments in California may fall short of Justice40 Initiative goals.

In the past, federal infrastructure investments have left out or even harmed low-income communities and communities of color. Since 2021 and amid the climate crisis, the federal government’s Justice40 Initiative has sought to reverse this pattern. However, according to new UCS analysis, federal infrastructure investments in California may fall short of Justice40 Initiative goals of benefiting communities that have been harmed by underinvestment and overburdened by pollution.

The analysis is based on grant awards in California during the first two years of federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law spending. With three years of this funding remaining, more federal investments must reach the communities that need them most. The United States needs a transparent, unified Justice40 tracking system that includes decisions about critical state-agency allocations to ensure equitable federal spending.

Citation

Fencl, Amanda, Jenny Rempel, Georgia Klein, Mo Kyn, Ryder Mitchell, Allyson Yao, 2024. Follow the Money: Are Historic Infrastructure Investments Going to California Communities that Need It Most? Cambridge, MA: Union of Concerned Scientists. https://doi.org/10.47923/2024.15488

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