San Diego gets good marks in the latest assessment of the state’s green economy. The nonpartisan group Next 10 is out with its annual Green Innovation Index, KPBS reports.
The report finds California's clean technology sector is growing at a faster rate than the rest of the economy. The state's green friendly policies get a lot of credit for creating an environment that encourages innovation.
Forward-looking policies in California, according to Next 10, result in technological innovation, increasing consumer demand. That leads to even more technology and further demand. “As consumers learn more about cost-effective new technologies, demand rises for products that save energy and dollars at home, on our highways, and at work,” said F. Noel Perry, businessman and founder of Next 10.
The Concord Coalition and Next 10, both of which are nonpartisan groups advocating for balanced budgets, first teamed up to create the online tool in 2009, and they have updated the program each year with the most recent policy proposals. Overall, the tool highlights some of the difficult choices that have divided Democrats and Republicans in recent years, while also gives users a chance to weigh what programs are most important to them.
How much should California spend on programs and where should revenue come from?
That's the question posed to some 30 people taking the Next 10 Budget Challenge at Travis Credit Union on Thursday evening. Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano, invited constituents to the interactive workshop, but anyone can try it online. Next 10 just updated the budget challenge, available at www.budgetchallenge.org.