Spending billions to build “green” school facilities is a waste of money, writes Dan Lips.
On Wednesday, the House passed the â€œ21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act,â€ a $6.4 billion school-construction program. Essentially, itâ€™s a regulatory gift bag for environmental groups and labor unions
The legislation creates a new federal grant program to provide states and local school districts with money to build and modernize schools. Among the reasons offered by Chairman George Millerâ€™s Education and Labor Committee for supporting the legislation: to â€œcreate jobs in the construction industryâ€ and make â€œschools that are more energy efficient and reliant on renewable resources of energyâ€ to reduce â€œemissions that contribute to global warming.
Over five years, the program would cost $20.3 billion, projects the Congressional Budget Office.
The proposed law would require high construction wages under Davis-Bacon and would require the use of high-cost American-made steel.