Proposition 55: Bad Schools or Bad Debt?

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Historically, school bonds have been an easy sell in California, but Proposition 55 may be in trouble on next week's ballot. There-s no doubt that school buildings are old, overcrowded and ill-adapted to modern technology, and that children need desks to sit at, bathrooms that work, and roofs that don-t leak. But Prop 55 has been overshadowed by Governor Schwarzenegger-s financial package, and opponents argue the state can-t afford $12.3 billion in additional debt to build new schools and improve old ones from kindergarten to the University of California. We hear opposing views from the presidents of the California PTA and the California Republican Assembly.
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Presidential candidates (KCRW Election Connection)

Field Poll on Democratic primary and match-up with President Bush

Prop 55: Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2004

California Business Roundtable on Prop 55

Field Poll on Prop 55

Fitch Ratings

LA Times article on the selling of the LA 'brand'

NYC-Snapple deal

San Diego-Pepsi deal



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton