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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

California Sen. Alex Padilla is questioning the state's decision to send $18.8 million in stimulus funds to an Oregon group.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had said federal funds received by the state would go toward creating California jobs.

Padilla, (D-Pacoima), chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, has scheduled a hearing of the panel Tuesday to grill commission officials about why, when California's unemployment rate is 12.5%, they propose sending funds to Oregon.

"To think that the California Energy Commission, for all its history of being on the cutting edge of policy, is giving huge sums to a firm outside the state I think is unconscionable," Padilla said.

Read the full story at the Los Angeles Times.

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