Alaska Bond Package Question, Bonding Proposition B (2010)
|Voting on Bond Issues|
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Details of the package included:
- $80 million for a new sports arena
- $128.5 million for schools in the western part of the state.
- $20 million for a state library, archives and museum building in the state capital.
- $40 million total for a fish and game research building in the Kodiak area of the state.
- $23.5 million for an arts and learning center.
- $108.6 million for a sciences classroom and lab facility at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.
- See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
Official election results follow:
|Alaska Bond Package, Proposition B|
Results via the Alaska Elections Division
Text of measure
|Bond issues on the ballot in 2010|
- Shall the State of Alaska issue its general obligation bonds in the principal amount of not more than $397,200,000 for the purpose of design and construction of library, education, and educational research facilities?
- Bonds Yes [ ]
- Bonds No [ ]
The summary of the proposal read:
- "An Act providing for and relating to the issuance of general obligation bonds for the purpose of paying the cost of design and construction of library, education, and educational research facilities; and providing for an effective date."
- The Bill authorizes Alaska's voters to consider up to $397.2 million in general obligation bonds. The bonds would carry the full faith and taxing authority of the State, and thereby achieve the lowest interest rate available. If the proposition were approved in November 2010 it is anticipated that bonds would be issued in early 2011, unless there are compelling financial reasons to sell the bonds more quickly. The current interest rate is very favorable with 20 year amortization debt for credits similar to Alaska achieving interest rates below 4% by using temporary programs like the Build America Bond program. Interest rate achieved will depend on market conditions at the time bonds are sold. For modeling purposes the Department used an assumed interest rate of 4.2% with a 20 year amortization, however in today's market debt service would be approximately $1 million lower per year. Miscellaneous costs include statutory requirements related to public notice and information dissemination prior to the election.
- The main campaign for the measure was Yes on Prop B. According to campaign manager Arliss Sturgulewski, "There should be a great deal of public awareness of what’s in the (proposition). It has a lot of worthwhile projects.” The group officially kicked off their educational campaign to inform voters on October 11, 2010.
- The "Yes on B" campaign was led by former Senator Arliss Sturgulewski, former Fairbanks mayor Jim Sampson, and University of Alaska executive vice president Wendy Redman.
- Geraldine Benshoof, retired teacher and speech therapist, stated, "I don’t think there’s any question, there’s need for this. We need to have facilities that are comfortable for kids so they can have a good learning environment. They don’t need a Taj Mahal, but they definitely need comfortable facilities.”
- Kodiak Mayor Gerome Selby stated about the measure's impact on fishery researchers' labs, "It’s really supporting the Fish and Game function. Fisheries are a primary driver of our economy, and we just felt that the borough could step in and assist Fish and Game so facilities wouldn’t be a barrier for them.”
- Director and spokesman for the "Yes on Prop B" campaign Josh Applebee stated about the campaign, "This will be a positive campaign. We will be available to talk to any group with questions, any media with concerns, and any voters in the hope to get the word out.”
There was no known opposing campaign for Proposition B.
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- The Homer News endorsed the measure, stating, "The bond proposition is, indeed, an investment in Alaska's future, preparing Alaskans for Alaska jobs, boosting the economy in the near term with 6,400 construction jobs and attracting new money to the state for research."
- The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner stated support for the measure, arguing, "We must grab this window and fling it open by voting “yes” on Proposition B. At $88 million, the life sciences building is the largest single project in a $397 million general obligation bond package the Legislature placed on the ballot. The package is large, but each element meets a significant demand for educational and research facilities in every region of the state."
- The Anchorage Daily News supported the measure by stating, "This is a big investment in the state's educational system. But it's an investment in long-term facilities that will provide both short- and long-term jobs. Better yet, they'll still be serving our students and communities long after the bonds are retired. It's a good vote."
- The Juneau Empire was in favor of the measure.
Path to the ballot
The measure was first introduced to the Alaska House of Representatives on April 7, 2010, where it was approved with a vote of 40-0. The measure was then sent to the Alaska State Senate, where it was approved with a vote of 20-0 on April 18, 2010. Article 13 of the Alaska Constitution specifies that a 2/3rds vote of the Alaska State Legislature is required to refer a measure to the ballot.
- Alaska 2010 ballot measures
- 2010 ballot measures
- Alaska Legislature
- List of Alaska bond measures starting in 1960
- Anchorage Daily News, "Senate panel passes capital budget," April 11, 2010
- Alaska Journal of Commerce, "Productive 2010 legislative session came to an orderly close," April 23, 2010
- The Alaska State Legislature, "Text of HB 424," April 18, 2010
- Alaska State Legislature, "Fiscal Notes Summary," April 18, 2010
- Yes on Prop B, "Y.E.S. on Prop B Educational Campaign Kicks Off," October 11, 2010
- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, "Backers line up behind Alaska's Proposition B," September 25, 2010
- Anchorage Daily News, "Group forms in support of ballot measure to aid education facilities," October 11, 2010
- News-Miner, "Proposition B on Alaska ballot would send big bucks to schools across the state," October 25, 2010
- Yes on Prop B, "Supporters," accessed on October 12, 2010
- Follow the Money, "Bonding Proposition B," accessed October 25, 2010
- Homer News, "Vote 'yes'," October 20, 2010
- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, "Yes on B: Alaska shouldn't miss chance to improve schools," October 24, 2010
- Anchorage Daily News, "Our view: Vote yes on Prop B," October 20, 2010
- Juneau Empire, "They all measure up: three items on ballot deserve support," November 1, 2010
- Alaska Legislature, "HB 424 History"
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