On politics in the Golden State
January 7, 2013 | 5:28 pm

When Gov. Jerry Brown releases his budget proposal Thursday, he will include his plans for $500 million in new spending on energy efficiency and related programs.

Much of that money is expected to be earmarked for retrofitting schools to help lower utility bills, according to Capitol staffers. They say Brown’s plan will largely mirror a proposal put forward by Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) to improve schools’ energy efficiency with better insulation, lighting and ventilation systems.

Over five years, de Leon said, the money could help provide new job opportunities and improve about half of the state’s 10,000 public schools, allowing them to put more money into classrooms instead of utility bills.

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