Proposition 51: 9 billion dollars, 1 big enemy

Proposition 51 would authorize $9 billion in construction and renovation bonds for schools and community colleges. 

If passed, a majority of money from the bond would go toward building new facilities or modernizing existing ones, according to Ballotpedia.

But, $1 billion would be set aside for charter schools and technical programs. Another $2 billion would go to community college facilities.

The $9 billion in bonds would cost $17.6 billion to repay, according to the official California Voter Information Guide, including $8.6 billion in interest.

The campaign for Proposition 51 current has a war chest of nearly $8.3 million, and is supported by both the California Republican Party and the California Democratic Party. Supporters have said that many schools need vital maintenance to bring them in line with fire and earthquake safety recommendations.

The campaign against has no reported contributions, but one big ally could make up the difference.

“It’s a blunderbuss effort that promotes sprawl and squanders money that would be far better spent in low-income communities,” Governor Jerry Brown told the Los Angeles Times earlier this year. Brown opposes the law, and his 60% approval rating (according to a January poll by the Public Policy Institute of California) could mean doom for the proposition.

This article is part of The Foothill Advocate’s ongoing coverage of California voter initiatives. Find us on Facebook or on Twitter today! Also make sure to subscribe to our upcoming newsletter by entering your email in the sidebar. Enter early and you could win a free night at Hotel Constance in Pasadena! The contest will soon close…