Proposition 39, which would raise money for green energy projects by closing a loophole in California's corporate tax laws, passed with a resounding majority Tuesday. The measure, which passed with a more than 20% margin, would end tax incentives for out of state companies to keep their facilities and jobs outside the state and require those companies to pay taxes based on in-state sales.
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Other revenues from closing the tax loophole would be made available to California's public schools, colleges and universites.
The proposition was mainly backed by hedge fund capitalist and green energy enthusiast Thomas Steyer, who recently announced he'll be leaving his firm Farallon Capital to devote more time to philanthropic pursuits. Given that Steyer plowed $30 million into Proposition 39's success, it looks like he's off to a good start.
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