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State of California November 2, 2004 Election
Proposition 61
Children's Hospital Projects. Grant Program
State of California

Bond Act. Initiative Statute

6,620,176 / 58.3% Yes votes ...... 4,743,459 / 41.7% No votes

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Results as of Dec 6 4:02pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (24035/24035)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

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 Prepared by Attorney General:
  • 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 from the Legislative Analyst:
State cost of about $1.5 billion over 30 years to pay off both the principal ($750 million) and interest ($756 million) costs of the bonds. Payments of about $50 million per year.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The state could sell $750 million in general obligation bonds for the construction, expansion, remodeling, renovation, furnishing, equipping, financing, or refinancing of children's hospitals.

A NO vote of this measure means:
The state would not sell the $750 million in general obligation bonds proposed for these purposes.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 61:
Everyday, California's Children's Hospitals save lives. Children with leukemia, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and heart disease. 80% of children with leukemia are making it. 90% are coming through delicate heart surgery. Proposition 61 doesn't raise taxes. It does give the sickest kids in California the best care on earth.

Full Text of Argument In Favor

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 61:
Rebuilding a few children's hospitals will make some building contractors richer; however, it will not, by itself, provide health care for anyone. What we need--in California and across America--is some sort of "single-payer" health care system which cuts out the middlemen and profiteers.

Full Text of Argument Against

Contact FOR Proposition 61:
Charity Bracy
California Children's Hospitals Association
3914 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 125
San Diego, CA 92123

Contact AGAINST Proposition 61:
Gary B. Wesley
Attorney at Law
707 Continental Circle
Mountain View, CA 94040

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