Next 10 created the California Budget Challenge and ask the crowd at the Pannell Center to take it. The Next 10 presenters ask the crowd which programs to cut or increase funding for and which taxes to raise or lower. Using small remote controls, each person in the audience answered the questions. At the end of the process, the answers selected by the majority of the group only lowered the budget gap to $7.3-billion.
"Employers offering jobs in fields such as solar-power generation, electric-vehicle development and environmental consultation added 5,000 jobs in 2008, the latest data available. In all, about 174,000 Californians were working in eco-friendly fields by early 2009, compared with just 111,000 in 1995, said nonprofit research group Next 10," they report.
Next 10 and partner organizations release a new report on the state's "green" economy this morning. The 10 a.m. release of "Many Shades of Green: Regional Distribution and Trends in California's Green Economy 2011," will include a panel discussion at Siemens Mobility Corporate Headquarters featuring Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.