How Prop 39 Works: Closing a Tax Loophole To Bring Clean Energy Funds to California

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 10:42 AM

Proposition 39, which passed in California on Election Day, will tax out-of-state businesses and earmark those new billions of dollars for clean energy programs in the state. To learn more about how it will work, KALW's Ben Trefny spoke with Paul Rogers, environmental writer for the San Jose Mercury News and managing editor for KQED’s science programs. Rogers explained how Prop 39 came about, how it will change the state, and how the money will be applied.

PAUL ROGERS: This was a measure by San Francisco financier Tom Steyer which closed a loophole in the way that corporations pay taxes in California. It will now generate a billion dollars per year in new revenue –and for the first five years going forward, half of that money, actually a little more than half, $550 million a year, has to go to fund renewable energy projects. So we're looking at a tidal wave of money, $2.74 billion over the next five years, in new funds that's going to come in to do projects in California on renewable energy. Most of that is going to be things like retrofitting schools, community colleges, universities, putting better insulation in, solar panels on the roof, new windows. And that kind of thing is going to generate jobs. That's why a lot of unions supported this measure, but it's also going to lower the electricity bills at a lot of schools and universities, probably by up to a third when this stuff is put in. And that money, in turn they're going to be able to spend back on education.



Comments [2]


Mr. "Galt", if that is your real name, there is a direct positive correlation between school spending and student performance.

So what's your point -- that you're a poorly educated fool, perhaps?

Nov. 27 2012 10:54 PM
Johnny Galt

Just another tax to support more government bureaucrats. Our cost of goods and services will go up and our unions will get more make-work. Please compare school spending with student performance to see how well that works out. Sincere people are so gullible to this argument: lets raise taxes in the name of the environment or our kids. BS

Nov. 27 2012 10:54 AM

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