California Lawmakers Consider Green Energy Audit

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SACRAMENTO (AP) —

California lawmakers are considering whether to ask the state auditor to review spending and job creation under Proposition 39, the voter-approved measure that promised to generate billions for environmentally efficient projects and create green jobs.

A joint Assembly-Senate panel heard a request Wednesday from Assemblyman Brian Jones of Santee, but took no action.

The Republican lawmaker requested the audit after 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.

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

Lawmakers also voted Wednesday not to audit cost projections for the $68 billion high-speed rail program.

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