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State of California November 8, 2005 Election
Proposition 76
State Spending and School Funding Limits
State of California

Initiative Constitutional Amendment - Majority Approval Required

Fail: 2,898,836 / 37.8% Yes votes ...... 4,775,219 / 62.2% No votes

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Results as of Nov 23 4:01pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (17726/17726)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should Californians make major Constitutional changes to create an additional state spending limit, grant the governor substantial new power to unilaterally reduce state spending, and revise key provisions relating to Proposition 98, school and community college funding, and transportation funding authorized by Proposition 42?

Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Limits state spending to prior year's level plus three previous years' average revenue growth. Changes minimum school funding requirements (Proposition 98). Permits Governor, under specified circumstances, to reduce budget appropriations of Governor's choosing.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
State spending likely reduced relative to current law, due to additional spending limit and new powers granted to Governor. Reductions could apply to schools and shift costs to other local governments.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote on this measure means:
State expenditures would be subject to an additional spending limit based on an average of recent revenue growth. The Governor would be granted new authority to unilaterally reduce state spending during certain fiscal situations. School and community college spending would be more subject to annual budget decisions and less affected by a constitutional funding guarantee.

A NO vote on this measure means:
The state would not adopt an additional spending limit, the Governor would not be granted new powers to reduce state spending during certain fiscal situations, and existing constitutional provisions relating to schools and community college funding would not be changed.

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Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 76:
PROPOSITION 76 CONTROLS STATE SPENDING AND FIXES CALIFORNIA'S BROKEN BUDGET SYSTEM. Yes on 76 protects against future defi cits and eliminates wasteful spending, making more money available for roads, healthcare, and law enforcement without raising taxes. It establishes "checks and balances," encouraging bipartisan budget solutions
--YES on Prop. 76.

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Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 76:
Prop. 76 cuts school funding by $4 billion, overturns voter-approved school funding guarantees, and gives the governor unchecked power over state budget, destroying our system of checks and balances. Does nothing to prevent new taxes. Endangers local funding for police, fire and health care, including trauma centers and child immunization.

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Contact FOR Proposition 76:
Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team
310 Main Street, Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Contact AGAINST Proposition 76:
Andrea Landis
No on 76, Coalition of educators, firefighters, school employees, health care givers and labor organizations
1510 J Street, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7817

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