California is one of the most advanced and forward-thinking states in America. People there are very interested in finding solutions to help the environment and delay the effects of global warming. Presently they are involved in passing several bills and acts that could help California take environmental issues to the future. One of these acts proposes to create clean energy jobs, promote energy independence and reduce global warming pollution by gradually making the transition towards cleaner energy production. Some of the improvements that will be seen in the next few years as a result of this act are a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 20% in 2020 and as much as 83% in 2050. Add to that the investments that will be made into clean energy technology and it’s no wonder California will be an example for other states and countries around the globe. For those who wish to find out more about this, the bill is called the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.
But this is not the only proposition Californians are preoccupied with, they are working on all fronts to make their state a more efficient and green one. Another interesting project they are working on is Proposition 39, Income Tax Increase for Multistate Businesses. As the title suggests, the bill proposes to increase taxes for those corporations that operate in California and other states. The facts are these: corporations have found a tax loophole that allows out-of-state corporations to pay lower taxes in California, costing the state a billion dollars a year, dollars that could find better use in energy efficiency projects. The loophole actually rewards companies for creating jobs outside of California. Proposition 39 would close this loophole and force companies to pay their fair share in taxes and will be subject to vote on November 6th.
If the proposition passes it would not only add a billion dollars to the state’s revenue, but the money will go towards creating some 40,000 construction, clean Energy Jobs Act For California . Supporters of this act argue that its acceptance will close the tax loophole that allows companies to trick the state, whereas opponents argue that it is simply a tax increase. Nevertheless, similar laws have already been passed in New Jersey, Illinois and Texas and the proposition is highly mediated and supported.
Whether these propositions will come to pass or not, they at least raise awareness about environmental issues and are an attempt at finding solutions for a greener future.