in Sacramento and across the state will go to the polls to vote on Nov. 7. Among
numerous candidates and measures they will be asked to consider will be Proposition
1D, the Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006.
Passage of Prop. 1D would
allow the state to sell $10.4 billion in general obligation bonds. K-12 school
facilities would receive $7.3 billion, and higher education facilities would
receive $3.1 billion.
If approved, the $3.1 billion
for higher education facilities would be used to repair and upgrade existing
public college and university buildings and to build new classrooms to accommodate
the growing college student enrollment in California.
The measure would allocate
$1.5 billion to the California Community Colleges, $890 million to the University
of California system and $690 million to the California State University system.
State, approval of the proposition would mean about $6.8 million to fund minor
capital outlay and capital renewal projects.
While there is no organized
opposition to Prop. 1D at this time, some have voiced concern about the cost
of the bond for the state, the variety of new programs funded, and the fact
that it is designed to fund only two years of need.
Proponents argue that Prop.
1D is a fiscally responsible way to finance school repair and construction,
makes schools earthquake-safe and incurs debt that the state can afford now.
For more information about
the bond as well as arguments for and against the measure, visit www.ss.ca.gov/elections,
click on the "Voter Information Guide" button and scroll down to "Prop
1-D." Additional information is available at the CSU Chancellor’s
Office website at www.calstate.edu/AIR/prop1D.
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