New California Gov. Gavin Newsom presented his proposed budget Jan. 10 with money for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, researching climate change, funding zero-emission vehicle purchases, new fire engines, a safe drinking water fund, and other initiatives.

Overall, the $209 billion budget is a 4 percent increase over last year, but factors in concerns about a possible withering economy, Newsom said during a news conference.

Unlike past years in which the average anticipated revenue growth was about 5 percent,...