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AP: Tom Steyer’s Prop 39 to create green jobs in CA has failed




Tom Steyer introduces a panel during the National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tom Steyer introduces a panel during the National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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An enterprise piece by the AP today claims that the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which voters approved handily back in 2012, has only produced one-tenth of the jobs it promised to create.

On top of that news, the state hasn’t been keeping track of how much work has been done or how much energy has been saved. The ballot measure backed by billionaire investor Tom Steyer raised taxes on corporations and claimed it would generate clean energy jobs by funding energy-efficiency projects in schools.

Supports of the prop claim it’s far too early to attempt to measure its success. They point out that it went into effect while the state was still climbing out of a recession and that the funds have only been flowing to schools for 13 months and many schools are still in the planning stages of bigger projects that will create more jobs and more energy savings.

PROPOSITION 39: OFFICIAL TITLE AND SUMMARY

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Julia Horowitz, staff writer for the Associated Press in their State Capitol Bureau; she wrote the piece California measure fails to create jobs