The Governor’s Office of Planning & Research (OPR) may be reaching out to you if you have not yet submitted an energy expenditure plans (EEP) under the Proposition 39 program. As you know the final deadline for submitting an EEP under the five-year program is August 1, 2017. The Governor’s Office wants to encourage and assist schools that have not yet submitted their plans for funding approval. This outreach to CASH and School Energy Coalition (SEC) members are the result of SEC meetings with the Governor’s Office to assist LEAs – especially smaller schools and charters – that may be having difficulty moving forward to access funding and we appreciate their interest and outreach. find out more about SEC’s advocacy efforts at our upcoming meeting during the CASH Annual Conference at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, February 20, 2017, in Room 315 of the Sacramento Convention Center. You do not have to be a SEC member to attend. See you there!
State Budget 2017-18 Update: Governor Addresses Proposition 51 Implementation
The Governor’s Budget proposal contains good news for school facilities, as well as some challenges. With regard to the implementation of Proposition 51, the Governor stated his willingness to work to have Proposition 51 funds flow to school projects. The challenges will be implementing the audit provisions that Governor Brown wants before allowing Proposition 51 funds to flow. Concerning Proposition 39 energy efficiency funding, the Governor proposes $422.9 million for K-12 school districts and charter schools, which is a significant investment.
CASH has always supported accountability for spending taxpayer funds. We have a stated policy that every public funded school project should be audited. If there are changes needed, we look forward to making those changes as soon as possible. We believe the audit guide concern can be addressed immediately without legislation because the guide is developed by the State Controller, Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of the Department of Finance. If legislation is needed to have a long-term statutory authority, CASH believes that can be done through a budget trailer bill. We will have more updates in the coming days as more details become available. Below is a summary of the proposed State Budget relating to school facilities.
Since its inception, CASH has partnered with the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit and Exposition to help provide workshops on pertinent green school facility funding issues. This year, we are pleased to announce our partnership with the School Energy Coalition (SEC) to provide two excellent workshops with panels of green school facility experts.
On Monday, June 27, 2016, the Governor signed SB 826, the 2016-17 Budget Act, and a number of trailer bills to implement policy changes in the budget. For the first time since the 1980’s, the Governor did not exercise his line-item veto authority to reduce or eliminate any of the budget appropriations passed by the Legislature.
The budget includes $122.5 billion in General Fund expenditures, $51.6 billion of which is slated for K-12 education programs. The budget prioritizes preparing for the next economic downturn, one of the Governor’s top priorities, by placing an extra $2 billion into the state’s Rainy Day Fund, bringing the total fund balance to $6.7 billion. The budget also addresses one of the Legislature’s top priorities by including $400 million for affordable housing, tied to future regulatory reform, and authorizing development of a $2 billion bond program to address homelessness for individuals with mental health needs. Details of this program are still being negotiated.
Today the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved changes to the Proposition 39 program guidelines. Among other things, the changes revise the definition of an eligible energy project by allowing efficiency measures and/or clean energy installations in or at one or more school sites within a Local Education Agency (LEA) rather than limited to one school site. C.A.S.H. supported this modification, which will help districts layer projects across their sites to achieve the needed 1.05 Savings to Investment Ratio (SIR). The revised guidelines also include provisions related to solar projects and Power Purchase Agreements, including making it easier for them to meet the SIR requirements.
On Friday, September 26, the California Energy Commission released proposed changes to the Proposition 39 Guidelines. Public comment is due by October 27, 2014 and must be submitted via email to email@example.com. In the email subject line, indicate Prop 39 13-CCEJA-01.
The Legislature just passed a very important deadline: May 2 was the last day for policy committees to hear bills with fiscal implications. Most bills are now pending in the Appropriations Committee in their house of origin and must be passed out of this committee by May 23. Bills are then considered by the full Senate or Assembly and must be passed out of their original house by May 30.
Below is an update on a number of priority bills for which C.A.S.H. has taken a position or that staff is actively monitoring. Note that when bills are heard in the Appropriations Committee, the Committee will often defer action, sending bills to the “suspense file.” This is a mechanism whereby each house collects and prioritizes bills with state fiscal implications, acting upon them at a later date.
Today the Governor released the May Revision budget update. His budget estimates an additional $2.4 billion in revenues from 2012-13 through 2014-15. This increases the Proposition 98 minimum guarantee by $659 million.
The Governor continues to prioritize fiscal restraint and addressing long-term debts. As such, the May Revision is silent on the possibility of a new statewide bond on the November ballot. It also does not include any modifications or additional comments on the school facilities proposals made in the January budget: $188.1 million for the Emergency Repair Program, and the transfer of $211 million in remaining bond authority from four specialized programs to the main New Construction and Modernization programs. Continue reading →
On Thursday May 8th the Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education held a hearing that included the Governor’s budget proposals on Proposition 39, the School Facilities Program (SFP), and the Emergency Repair Program (ERP). The following is a summary of these budget items that were discussed in committee, as well as C.A.S.H.’s testimony on each item.
On Friday, January 31, the California Energy Commission announced that it is now accepting Energy Expenditure Plans (EEPs). The CEC also released the program Handbook, as well as forms and calculators to assist in completing EEPs.
Per the CEC:
The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) is now accepting Energy Expenditure Plans. Please see our Proposition 39 page at http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/ for details including the Handbook, Forms, Calculators and Resources.