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2012
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California Passed Over 100 Revenue Increases for Construction this Election, Will Create Over $12B of School Upgrades

According to a press release from the California State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC), “the passage of over one hundred badly needed revenue increases is simply spectacular for the California construction industry,” and was accomplished largely through union activism. Per the release…

85 School Bond Measures and 15 School Parcel Taxes Passed – There were 106 school bonds on local ballots totaling slightly over $14 billion and 85 of them passed. Those that passed will make $12.5 billion dollars available over the next several years for construction, modernization, and repair of school buildings in California with the highlight being a $2.8 billion dollar bond in San Diego.

3 out of 7 Local General Obligation Bond Measures Passed Totaling $411 Million – These include major bond measures that were actively opposed by ABC because they included PLAs: the San Diego Unified School District, Sacramento Unified School District, West Contra Costa Unified School District, and the Solano Community College District. The ABC’s new tactic is to oppose bonds that have a PLA – we beat them on all three.

· 15 out of 25 Local School Parcel Taxes Passed Even Though Many Required a 2/3 Vote.
· 52 Non-School Majority Vote and 19 Supermajority (2/3) Vote Tax Increases Passed.
· 24 Cities and 3 Counties Proposed Sales Tax Rate Increases. 24 Were Approved.
· 10 out of 24 Non-School Parcel and Special Taxes Were Approved.

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