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 By Lori AbbottContact
May 27, 2009

A new report examining President Obama's proposed spending plan shows California stands to receive significant investments in renewable energy, which is expected to result in more jobs. The National Priorities Project (NPP) has compared the president's proposed 2010 spending plans to 2008 figures, and found California is set to receive more than $100 million in funding for renewable energy research, development and technology.

NPP's Senior Research Associate Barb Chalfonte says millions more would come to the Golden State.

"We see quite-dramatic changes in California, with a jump from $2.3 million to $115.6 million."

Nearly $100 million will fund energy efficiency improvements for lower-income homes, so they use less energy, which Chalfonte says will lead to new jobs.

Obama's plans offer meaningful and positive steps toward new national priorities, she adds, with a focus on three main objectives: reducing health care costs, improving education, and embracing conservation efforts and renewable energy. Energy efficiency will lead to new jobs, she says.

"One of the things we want to think about when looking at a budget isn't just the numbers, but the fact that it's a document that's expressing our national values."

The NPP is critical of continued military spending related to securing foreign sources of oil, although its deeper look into the military budget brings some positive news for many military families, says Chalfonte.

"We did see increased salary and benefits for the armed forces personnel."

Critics of the president's budget are concerned about how the $3.4-trillion spending plan increases the federal deficit.

The group's state-by-state analyses can be found online, at www.nationalpriorities.org.


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