UC Regents Endorse Prop. 1D Education
ELECTION UPDATE: Proposition 1D won approval by a 57%-to-43% margin.
President Dynes' statement on voter approval of Prop 1D
Prop. 1D would help UC with enrollment growth, building safety improvements and expanded medical education
On July 20, the University of California Board of Regents endorsed the Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006, which would provide much needed funding for K-12 and higher education facility needs over the next two years.
If approved by California voters as Proposition 1D on the November 7 ballot, these general obligation bonds would provide a total of $10.4 billion. UC would receive $345 million per year for facilities programs and an additional $200 million over the two-year period to expand the University's medical schools and enhance its telemedicine programs throughout the state.
The bond measure would fund construction and renovation of UC facilities to address enrollment growth, seismic and life safety needs, and renewal of outdated infrastructure. The capital funds would also allow UC to continue building out its new campus in Merced, which is central to keeping our promise of educational access to the youth of the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California.
The medical-education portion of the funding will provide facilities and state-of-the-art equipment for increased enrollments in UC's "PRograms in Medical Education" (PRIME), which are aimed at improving health care for currently underserved populations and communities in California.
For the past four decades, the state has provided funding for UC facilities and infrastructure needs through such bonds. California voters approved similar measures in 2002 and 2004 (Propositions 47 and 55), from which UC received approximately $345 million annually for four years.
> Press release on Regents' endorsement - July 20, 2006
> President Dynes’ statement on education bond - May 20, 2006
> Text of Proposition 1D
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