Adams, Tom

Tom Adams was the past President, Board of Directors, California League of Conservation Voters.

Secret Budget Negotiations Threaten The Ability of California to Protect Public Health & The Environment

By Tom Adams

It’s the untold story of California’s budget crisis: A handful of ideological Republicans are pushing proposals in secret budget negotiations with Governor Jerry Brown’s office that would enable an obscure administrative agency to delay, possibly indefinitely, safeguards that protect not only public health and the environment, but also rules that protect public safety.

Safeguards that make our buildings safe from fire and earthquakes. Regulations to improve safety at our nuclear power plants. Rules that protect the safety of the blood supply in hospitals. Common-sense laws that protect consumers from financial fraud. Even regulations to prevent discrimination. All of these could be delayed.