California measure fails to create green jobs

Aug 17, 2015 1:11 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Three years ago California voters passed a ballot measure to raise taxes on corporations and generate clean energy jobs by funding energy-efficiency projects in schools.

But a review by The Associated Press has found that barely one-tenth of the promised jobs have been created, and the state has no comprehensive list to show how much work has been done or how much energy has been saved.

Money is trickling in at a slower-than-anticipated rate, and more than half of the $297 million given to schools so far has gone to consultants and energy auditors. The AP found that board created to oversee the project has never met.

Under the Clean Energy Jobs Act, the Legislature decided to send half the money to fund clean energy projects in schools, promising to generate more than 11,000 jobs each year.

Instead, only 1,700 jobs have been created in three years.

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