The Legislative Analyst's Office is turning up its criticism of Gov. Jerry Brown's plans for clean energy funding.
Brown wants to increase energy efficiency at thousands of local schools with $450 million generated by Proposition 39, which changed the corporate tax code. But legislative analysts say that may not achieve the goal of maximizing energy savings.
Instead of mandating that all the money goes to schools, the administration should set up a competitive grant program in which all government agencies could participate, the report said. That would let funding be used to increase energy efficiency at buildings like public hospitals, where savings could be greater.
H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for Brown's Department of Finance, continued to defend the governor's plans. He said the proposal to use the money for schools “reflects the larger fact that education is the highest priority in the governor’s budget.”