Senate Republican Leader Calls for Oversight Hearing to Investigate Prop. 39

Monday, August 17, 2015

In response to an investigative piece by the Associated Press that showed a three-year-old ballot measure that promised to create more than 33,000 green jobs, yet delivered only 1,700 jobs, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) is calling on the Legislature to convene an oversight hearing to investigate the effectiveness of Proposition 39 — the so-called “Clean Energy Jobs Act”— and where the tax dollars have been spent.

“It appears, once again, that the voters of California were duped into the false promise of passing a proposition that raised taxes with the promise of creating tens of thousands of new jobs – in this case green jobs,” Sen. Huff said. “It’s clear to me that the Legislature should immediately hold oversight hearings to get to the bottom of why yet another promise to the voters has been broken.”

The oversight hearing would look into the State Energy Commission’s actions after Proposition 39 was passed by the voters in 2012 directing taxpayer dollars to fund clean energy projects in schools, among other things.

According to the AP’s review, “state and local records found that not one project for which the state allocated $12.6 million has been completed in the Los Angeles Unified School District, which has nearly 1,000 schools. Two schools were scheduled this summer to receive lighting retrofits and heating and cooling upgrades, but no construction work has been done on either site.”

Senator Huff added that these disturbing results of Prop. 39 proves that the Legislature must take a close-hard look at other alleged legislation that promises green jobs without any hard evidence.

“If we cannot be sure the promised results will happen, then we cannot in good conscience approve SB 350, an act that will cause more disruption to businesses than the Clean Energy Jobs Act,” Senator Huff said. “Our local communities, especially in the Central Valley, cannot afford to lose the jobs that pay enough to support a family when there are none to take their place.”