California’s progressive policies are “leading the way in technology and policy breakthroughs in sustainability and energy across a range of industries,” according to a report out today from Next 10, a nonprofit group focused on California issues. California's energy efficiency measures helped keep its electricity bill share of GDP 0.47 percent points lower than Texas in 2012, according to the group, and the state is a major force driving innovation and deployment in the energy storage sector.
An annual report on California’s progress decarbonizing its economy is out today and, as usual, the news is largely good. The United States’s most populous state and the world’s eighth-largest economy has made huge investments in energy efficiency, green building and alternative sources of electricity and transportation. It’s paying off. And while the Flat Earth Society continues to dominate the climate-change debate in Washington, the West Coast political and business establishment is largely unified in facing an increasingly grim reality head-on.
The Concord Coalition and Next 10, both of which are nonpartisan groups advocating for balanced budgets, first teamed up to create the online tool in 2009, and they have updated the program each year with the most recent policy proposals. Overall, the tool highlights some of the difficult choices that have divided Democrats and Republicans in recent years, while also gives users a chance to weigh what programs are most important to them.
How much should California spend on programs and where should revenue come from?
That's the question posed to some 30 people taking the Next 10 Budget Challenge at Travis Credit Union on Thursday evening. Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano, invited constituents to the interactive workshop, but anyone can try it online. Next 10 just updated the budget challenge, available at www.budgetchallenge.org.
The Budget Challenge game has returned by the nonprofit Next 10 to find out how ordinary Californians would spend tax dollars if they were calling the shots.
This year can be called Episode 2014: A long time ago (2010) in a galaxy far away (the Capitol), lawmakers were struggling with a $20 billion deficit.