Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) and a group of bipartisan colleagues have sent a letter asking California State Treasurer Fiona Ma to understand and abide by provisions in Public Law 116-94 that allocated tax credits to areas affected by wildfires in 2017 and 2018.
Those areas included Butte, Shasta, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma, Yuba, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.
The lawmakers are advocating for funding to build and replace affordable housing for the victims.
LaMalfa said: “For California to consider doling out these tax credits to communities that are not disaster communities is an insult to the wildfire victims. Congress specifically allocated credits to disaster counties, because they were directly affected by the raging wildfires of the past two years. I urge the State of California to stop any plans to buck Congressional intent and distribute these tax credits outside the communities cited in the President’s disaster declarations.”
LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.