California Proposition 61, Children's Hospital Bond Act (2004)
Proposition 61 authorized the sale of $750 million in bonds to provide funding for children's hospitals.
Supporters of the measure ran a $5 million television advertising campaign in the two weeks before the election featuring Jamie Lee Curtis.
Text of measure
The ballot title was:
The question on the ballot was:
- "Shall $750 million general obligation bonds be authorized for grants to eligible children's hospitals for construction, expansion, remodeling, renovation, furnishing and equipping children's hospitals?"
- Authorizes $750,000,000 in general obligation bonds, to be repaid from state's General Fund, for grants to eligible children's hospitals for construction, expansion, remodeling, renovation, furnishing and equipping children's hospitals.
- 20% of bonds are for grants to specified University of California general acute care hospitals; 80% of bonds are for grants to general acute care hospitals that focus on children with illnesses such as leukemia, heart defects, sickle cell anemia and cystic fibrosis, provide comprehensive services to a high volume of children eligible for government programs, and that meet other stated requirements.
- See also: Fiscal impact statement
The California Legislative Analyst's Office provided an estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact for Proposition 61. That estimate was:
- State cost of about $1.5 billion over 30 years to pay off both the principal ($750 million) and the interest ($756 million) costs of the bonds. Payments of about $50 million per year.
Campaign spending on Proposition 61 was entirely lopsided. There was a "Yes on 61" campaign committee, but there was no "No on 61" campaign committee.
The "Yes on 61" committee raised and spent about $5.2 million. Every donor of more than $1,500 was a hospital, with the Children's Hospital of los Angeles leading the donor list at $696,670.
- Official Voter Information Guide with text of Proposition 61
- LAO analysis of Proposition 61
- November 2004 election results from the California Secretary of State
- Information about the implementation of Proposition 61 since it passed in 2004
- List of $5,000 and up contributors to "Yes on 61"
- Guide to Proposition 61 from the California Voter Foundation
- Analysis of Proposition 61 from the Institute of Governmental Studies
- Archived copy of the "Yes on 61" website
- PDF of the mailed November 2, 2004 voter guide for Propositions 59, 60, 60A, 61-64, 66-72