Maine Education Funding Carryover Initiative, Question 1 (June 2004)
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
This citizen-initiated legislation was presented to the voters in November, 2003, along with a competing measure proposed by the Legislature. At the 2003 election, the citizen initiative received a greater number of votes than either the competing measure or the option to reject both measures. It received less than a majority but more than one third of the total votes cast on that question. Accordingly, the Maine Constitution requires that the citizen initiative be resubmitted by itself to the voters for their approval or rejection at the next statewide election.
The initiated legislation provides that the State shall pay at least 55% of the total costs of public education for kindergarten through grade 12, and 100% of the costs of special education services that are mandated by federal or state law. The proposal does not specify how the State would fund those costs. Instead, it directs the Legislature's taxation committee to report out legislation by March 1, 2004, to generate the additional revenue necessary to achieve these funding levels. Since the March date has already passed, a determination will have to be made regarding the effect of this provision in the event the initiated legislation is enacted by the voters.
In addition, 2% of the funds appropriated by the Legislature under this Act would be deposited in a new fund, entitled the "Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services," for distribution to schools and municipalities that are able to demonstrate significant and sustainable savings in educational services costs through collaborative efforts, regionalization or consolidation.
Another fund, entitled the "Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Local and Regional Services," would be created using 2% of the tax revenue deposited in the municipal revenue sharing account and distributed to those municipalities that can demonstrate significant and sustainable cost savings in the delivery of governmental services through regional and collaborative efforts.
A "YES" vote approves the initiated legislation.
A "NO" vote disapproves the initiated legislation
$328,500 was spent in favor of passing Question 1, while it had no organized opposition. The group supporting it was called "Citizens Who Support Maine's Public Schools".
- $300,000 was donated by the National Education Association.
- $28,000 was donated by the Maine Education Association.
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