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June 2006 Primary Election
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Proposition 81: California Reading and Literacy Improvement and Public Library Construction and Renovation Bond Act of 2006. Failed


This act provides for a bond issue in a amount not to exceed a total of six hundred million dollars ($600,000,000) to provide funds for the construction and renovation of public library facilities in order to expand access to reading and literacy programs in California's public education system and to expand access to public library services for all residents of California. Fiscal Impact: State cost of about $1.2 billion over 30 years to pay off both the principal ($600 million) and interest ($570 million) costs of the bonds. One-time local costs (statewide) of about $320 million for local matching contributions. Full Text of Proposition (PDF)

Official Campaign Web Sites and Contact Information

Who Signed the Ballot Arguments

    Yes on Proposition 81:

    No on Proposition 81:

Follow the Money

Detailed information about all contributors for and against Prop. 81 is available through Cal-Access, the Secretary of State's campaign finance website. To view the most recent contributions, select a committee and click "Late and $5000+ Contributions Received".

Major contributors supporting Prop. 81 as of May 14, 2006 include: California State Council of Service Employees Issues Committee; California Teachers Association Issues PAC; California Library Association; Friends of the San Francisco Public Library; American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees CA Issues; and Carl Corporation of Inwood, WV. In addition, a large number of smaller contributions have come from librarians and public library "Friends" associations.

There has been no money raised to oppose Prop. 81 as of 5/14/06.

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