Lawmakers review jobs, projects in California energy measure

Jan 20, 2016 7:44 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Lawmakers are questioning the returns on a ballot initiative that has generated more than $1.1 billion for California schools and community colleges to boost energy efficiency and create green jobs.

A Senate committee heard updates Wednesday on Proposition 39.

The initiative was sold to voters in 2012 as a way to generate billions for green energy projects at California schools and create 11,000 jobs each year.

It has not raised as much as projected. Officials said Wednesday that because of rigorous reporting standards, it will be months before the state can say how many jobs have been created.

The Associated Press reported last August that less than $300 million had been distributed to schools and only 1,700 jobs created in three years.

Lawmakers are also considering requesting a state audit.

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