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California Proposition 61, Children's Hospital Bond Act (2004)

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California Proposition 61, or the Children's Hospital Bond Act of 2004, was on the November 2, 2004 general election ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was approved.

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.[1]

Election results

Proposition 61
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 6,629,095 58.3%
No4,750,30941.7%

Text of measure

Title

The ballot title was:

Children’s Hospital Projects. Grant Program. Bond Act. Initiative Statute.

Question

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?"

Summary

The summary of the ballot measure prepared by the California Attorney General said:

  • 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.

Fiscal impact

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

Logo of "Yes on 61" committee

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.[2]

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