California Proposition 1D, Bonds for Education Facilities (2006)
Proposition 1D authorized entering into $20.3 billion of spending on public school construction projects--$10.4 billion in principal and $9.9 billion in interest.
In a 2011 report, the investigative journalism organization California Watch reported, "only two schools have been able to access a $200 million fund for upgrades."
Text of measure
The ballot title was:
The question on the ballot was:
- "Should the state sell $10.4 billion in general obligation bonds to repair and upgrade public schools, including K-12, community colleges, and state colleges and universities?"
The official summary provided to describe Proposition 1D said:
- This ten billion four hundred sixteen million dollar ($10,416,000,000) bond issue will provide needed funding to relieve public school overcrowding and to repair older schools.
- It will improve earthquake safety and fund vocational educational facilities in public schools. Bond funds must be spent according to strict accountability measures.
- Funds will also be used to repair and upgrade existing public college and university buildings and to build new classrooms to accommodate the growing student enrollment in the California Community Colleges, the University of California, and the California State University.
- Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay off bonds.
- See also: Fiscal impact statement
The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:
- "State costs of about $20.3 billion to pay off both the principal ($10.4 billion) and interest ($9.9 billion) on the bonds. Payments of about $680 million per year."
- Barbara Kerr, President, California Teachers Association
- George T. Caplan, President, California Community College Board of Governors
Arguments in favor
- Reduces overcrowding
- Updates Technology
- Invests in the future generation
- Increases Vocational training for non-college students
- Part of the "Rebuild California" project that will improve California for future generations and provide the resources needed for the tremendous growth that the state continues to see.
- William Saracino, Member, Editorial Board, California Political Review
- Thomas N. Hudson, Executive Director, California Taxpayer Protection Committee
- Requires 50% matching funds from district, resulting in only wealthy districts receivingmoney
- Proposition includes unnessary measures instead of proving the esscentials
- At $10.4 billion, it is too costly
Donors to the campaign for the measure:
- Yes on 1D: $11,453,455
- Rebuilding California, Yes on Propositions 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E: $9,235,090
- Californians for Higher Education/Yes on 1D: $1,520,835
- Coalition for Adequate School Housing Issues CMTE/Yes on 1D: $1,038,101
- Community College Facility Coalition Issues CMTE/Yes on 1D: $661,395
- Citizens for Responsible Elections: $30,000
- CMTE for California's Future: $29,500
- Californians fr Accountability and Better Schools/Yes on 1D: $158
- Total: $23,968,535
Path to the ballot
The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 1D on the ballot via Assembly Bill 127 of the 2005–2006 Regular Session (Chapter 35, Statutes of 2006).
|Votes in legislature to refer to ballot|
- Official Proposition 1D voter guide
- PDF of the mailed November 7, 2006 voter guide for Proposition 1D
- Proposition 1D in the Smart Voter Guide (dead link)
- Analysis of Proposition 1D (dead link) from the Institute of Governmental Studies
- Guide to Proposition 1D from the California Voter Foundation
- Summary of donors to and against 1D from Cal-Access
- Donors for and against Proposition 1D from Follow The Money
- Official declaration of the November 7, 2006 ballot proposition election results
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Fixing California for the Future," November 1, 2006
- Lisa Snell, Reason, "Never-ending school bonds," November 2, 2006