Conservation and clean energy money grab in new budget

3 CONNECTICUT'S "SOLAR AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDUSTRY" PLANS TO TAKE THE STATE TO COURTTHIS IS OVER A BIG MONEY GRAB IN THE "NEW" STATE BUDGETMONEY THAT áYOUá PAY ON YOUR UTILITY BILLS TO HELP ENCOURAGE ENERGY EFFICIENCY LIKE SOLAR PANELSIS BEING DIVERTED IN THE NEW BUDGET FOR áOTHERá STATE SPENDINGCHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT MARK DAVIS JOINS US TO EXPLAIN WHAT'S HAPPENING GOOD EVENING IT'S CALLED A "SWEEP" IN STATE CAPITOL JARGON THEY SWEEP MONEY FROM ONE DEPARTMENT TO HELP PAY FOR ANOTHER BUT THIS SWEEP IS FROM WHAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD CONSIDER A DEDICATED PURPOSE

3 IT IS ESTIMATED THAT MORE THAN 100,000 CONNECTICUT HOMES AND BUSINESSES HAVE BENEFITED FROM ALTERNATIVE ENERGY AND EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS BECAUSE OF THE STATE'S CLEAN ENERGY FUNDING SYSTEM YOU PAY A FEE ON YOUR ELECTRIC OR GAS BILL THAT HELPS TO ENCOURAGE AND FUND SOLAR AND OTHER SIMILAR BUSINESSES ACROSS THE STATE IT'S ALSO ESTIMATED THAT IT HAS CREATED MORE THAN 30,000 JOBS IN THIS FIELD IN RECENT YEARS JOBS MAKING HOMES AND BUSINESSES MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT WITH AIR SEALING AND WEATHER STRIPPING AND FINDIN THE SOURCE OF DRAFTS IN OFFICE BUILDINGS AND SEALING THEM UP VIVIAN GUTTMAN PEREZ STARTED HOME ENERGY SOLUTIONS WITH HER BROTHER-IN-LAW IN STRATFORD EIGHT YEARS AGO

[PEREZ] "WE'VE BEEN SLOWLY MAKING OUR BUSINESS BIGGER AND BIGGER SO NOW WE'RE UP TO TWO TEAMS IN THE FIELD DOING ENERGY EFFICIENCY PLUS WE HAVE AN ADDITIONAL TEAM DOING INSTALLATION" BUT THE BUDGET APPROVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY LAST WEEK AND SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR YESTERDAYWILL TAKE $175 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THAT FUND AND DIVERT IT TO OTHER STATE SPENDING THE GOVERNOR HAS CALLED IT UNWISE AND DAMAGING MIKE TRAHAN REPRESENTS ALL THE SOLAR BUSINESSES IN CONNECTICUT, SAYS THIS WILL COST AT LEAST FIVE HUNDRED JOBS, SO THEY'RE PREPARING TO TAKE THE STATE TO COURT [TRAHAN] "IF YOU'RE GOING TO TELL THE RATE PAYERS THAT YOU'RE GOING TO COLLECT THE MONEY AND USE IT FOR ONE REASON AND THEN USE IT AS A DIFFERENT REASON, IT BECOMES A TAX WE THINK THAT'S WRONG AND THAT'S THE BASICS OF WHERE WE'D GO WITH THE LAWSUIT

" [PEREZ] "WE'RE GOING TO BE AFFECTING MY EMPLOYEES THAT LIVE IN CONNECTICUT AND WORK IN CONNECTICUT WE'RE GOING TO BE AFFECTING ALL THE SUPPLIERS THAT WE USE ON A DAILY BASIS SO THAT WE CAN DO THE WORK" 3 THAT MEANS WINDOW MANUFACTURERS, ELECTRICIANS, AIR CONDITIONING CONTRACTORS, INSULATION SUPPLIERS, LESS WORK ALL AROUND LIVE, FROM THE HARTFORD NEWSROOM, MARK DAVIS, NEWS 8

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