Let me see if I have this straight.
In 2012, voters passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) by a large margin.
It was supposed to create jobs, complete energy efficient projects — half of which would be in schools — and close a tax loophole for companies that ship jobs to other states.
Three years later, the results are as follows: Instead of the 17,000 jobs per year, only 1,700 jobs have been created in total; $12.6 million was allocated for Los Angeles schools, but not one project has been completed; $153 million of the $297 million given to schools has gone to consultants and energy auditors; a citizen’ oversight board was appointed to review progress and audit project expenditures, but it has never even met.
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In spite of these shortcomings, a spokeswoman for the state Energy Commission said the program is on track!
Only in governmental circles could a fiasco such as this be accepted. In private industry, the responsible people would be looking for a job. As is typical of government, no one is ever held responsible for anything.
Is it any wonder why people no longer trust the government an any level.