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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California

Asamblea Estatal de CaliforniaCandidato para Distrito 74

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Katherine Daigle

Republicana
Propietario de pequeña empresa
20,258 votos (18.6%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Apoyo un gobierno pequeño, limitado constitucionalmente que tome las riendas del gasto descontrolado y viva dentro de sus medios. Creo en reducir las regulaciones, la burocracia y las demás ineficiencias del gobierno para estimular el crecimiento rea
  • Cada niño de California tiene derecho a una educación de primera clase. Proporciona la oportunidad para que todos los niños crezcan en nuestra sociedad con base en el trabajo duro y los logros. Seguir proporcionando a nuestras familias acceso a buena
  • Actualmente, tenemos infraestructura deficiente en cuanto a tráfico, carreteras y transporte; los municipios han construido y manejado con éxito las compañías de servicios públicos; y la infraestructura es una de las principales formas en que nuestra

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Propietario de pequeña empresa
Presidente, KND LegalConsulting LLC (2011–actual)
Presidente, Paralegal Outsourcing Associates dba (2013–actual)
Director, Woodbridge Village Association — Cargo elegido (2012–actual)
Miembro de la junta, Miembro asesor de la junta para las instalaciones, las finanzas y los comités de recreación — Cargo designado (2012–actual)
Vicepresidente de administración legal, SK&A Information Services (1989–2010)

Educación

Kaplan University Asistente jurídico certificado, Leyes (2011)
University of Phoenix Maestría en Administración de Empresas (2004)
University of Phoenix Licenciatura en, Negocios (2000)

Actividades comunitarias

Volunteer , Legal Aid - OC (2014–2015)
Volunteer , Lakeview Senior Center (2012–2014)
Volunteer grant writer, Lakeview Senior Center (2012–2014)

Biografía

My name is Katherine Daigle, and I like to humbly think of myself as a self-made American success story. From decidedly humble beginnings, after years of hard work and schooling allowing me to achieve success in my professional career. My family, who are my joy and my single greatest accomplishment. They embody the spirit of self-determination I so cherish; my husband is an equal partner who encourages my accomplishments, while our grown daughter is a biochemistry graduate with a MS – translational research scientist and will be furthering her education in medicine.

I have an MBA; and a strong background in business, law, finance and local government. My professional career includes serving as a legal and finance executive, a Vice President for more than twenty years for a large electronic healthcare data firm in Irvine. Founder of two small businesses KND Legal Consulting LLC and Paralegal Outsourcing & Associates. I believe I bring a practical and pragmatic business perspective to the State.

 My civic organization, I have been elected in three election beginning since 2012 as a Director for Woodbridge Village which has more than 30,000 residents. And an advisory board member to the facility, finance and recreation committees As a Director we work with the Irvine Police Department (IPD) to inhibit crime within our community, position the community as a model for other HOA’S by establishing a policy of no toxic pesticide in our parks and recreation facilities, we collaborate with the City of Irvine and Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) to establish programs in an effort to work within the boundaries given by the  California Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect the community and its wildlife.  The preservation and the integrity of the community is an integral part and in a cooperative spirit working with the developers on projects that may impact “quality of life” to some within the community. I am actively involved in the Village interests at government and local hearings and specifically in the negotiations with the developers in response to opportunities ahead.

Thank you, Katherine Daigle, for California State Assembly 74th District

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 
Respuesta de Katherine Daigle:

Late last year, California voters approve by a wide margin the issuance of a $7.5 billion bond for the purpose of raising money to combat the ongoing drought that has plagued the state in recent years. With interest, the bond will cost over “$15 billion to pay back” (Economist), with taxpayers on the hook for $360 million per year for 40 years.

 

The funds are to be set aside for addressing the water crisis, $2.7 billion of the $7.5 billion influx will be used to construct two new dams, one at Sites Reservoir in Colusa Country and the other in the Central Valley. Nearly a billion dollars goes toward water recycling turning waste water into drinking water and desalination plants, with another billions used on various other strategies for increasing the water supply. The remainder of the money, about $3 billion, is for watershed protection and restoration and improvements to the quality of ground and surface water.

Opposition to the initiative was in the minority and always faced an uphill battle, but it was fierce. Voters against issuing the bond argued that it was too expensive to put the state $7.5 billion further in debt not to mention unfair. They argued that the bond issue disproportionately favors big agricultural producers the largest users of water and as such should rightly have been paid for by them, not the taxpayers. Supporters, of course, say that the money is well spent on the water projects for which it has been budgeted, and will help solve the current crisis in which California is embroiled.

The detractors have a very good point. $7.5 billion is a lot of money, and it is irresponsible to claim otherwise. It is vital that such a debt be considered carefully and applied wisely, especially when it is California’s working taxpayers who are responsible for paying it off. But California is suffering the worst drought in the state’s civilized history, and it is necessary to act. What is essential is to ensure that Californians do not get a bad deal by seeing this lent money mismanaged.

It is important that we do not allow ourselves to fall into the trap of thinking that throwing money at the problem will make it go away. This kind of mindset is and has been responsible for runaway debt that California does not need and cannot afford. It is particularly worrying in this situation, because now that this water bond has been approved, environmentalist groups are already saying it is not enough and are clamoring for more funding – another bond issue. California cannot begin taking on yearly debt as a matter of course just because some people think that the more money is available, the better.

Part of the problem is affording ongoing water infrastructure maintenance and other annual expenses, and ensuring that the ability to do so exists. This money may allow for the construction of needed facilities (such as treatment and desalination plants), but who is going to pay for their upkeep? 

 

 

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?
Respuesta de Katherine Daigle:

 

 

One person one vote, this is a motto that has been used all over the world where campaigns have been developed. No longer is this the guiding principle, and with so much “Dark Money” pouring into both Republican and Democrat sides, individual political campaigns no longer matter.

So are we saying that money is speech?

The very term “Dark Money” is the practice of cash donations being made to a political campaign without public identification of the donor. Why should they not be entitled to their anonymity? Dark money usually involves wealthy donors buying political favors without being held accountable.

Political campaigns involve the exchange of millions of dollars. One must always follow the money, and when that much money is in play, large favors are expected in return. Legislation is passed that benefits not the nation and its people as a whole, but the few individuals able and willing to pay for that legislation without the bother of having to reveal themselves. Any private American citizen has the right to advocate for people and principles in which they believe, but it should be done in the open, where others can see and respond to the opinions expressed. It should never be hidden, allowing a powerful handful of elites anonymity while they control government from behind the scenes.

 

There is nothing more quintessentially American than backing one’s own candidates and speaking out in support of one’s favored policies. When everyone is free to do this, all ideas are subject to the arena of public debate and discourse, and ultimately, those finding the most receptive audience in the greatest number of people will be enacted. But to circumvent this democratic process, cornerstone of representative government, by seeking to use raw wealth to buy the loyalties of elected officials who are supposed to represent everyone, is to undermine the entire system. And that is exactly what the anonymity behind dark money accomplishes: The fundamental denuding of the American principle of majority rule. We are not to know where the money came from, we are only to sit and wonder why wealthy people hiding in the shadows always seem to get their way. 

 

Candidates must spend huge sums to get elected, and once they do, well-funded interests spend huge sums to influence how they vote. Campaign finance laws are being struck down, and money is rushing into outside groups that don’t have to disclose their donors.The Internet age allows grass roots independent candidates to raise sums from small donors. Yet, for presidential and state candidates from both major parties, larger contributions remain more important, and there is the crux of the matter. If you are a candidate without the party favorite then you will never raise enough money to compete with the establishment or the "paid for" candidate. It is simply why you rarely see anyone NEW get into the field "to change the world" you either relenquish your honor, morals, and ethics or you lose.

 

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 
Respuesta de Katherine Daigle:

The stagnating wages is not a Democrat or even Republican candidates point any longer. The wages of average Americans are falling behind, relative to the growth in productivity. It is almost impossible to burden small business with the ever popular regulations and mandates coming from government. 

Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases, mainly from businesses that are burdened an cannot meet payrolls because so many people are out of work, there is not enough tax payers that are working full time. Currently, people don't have disposable income to spend in the economy. I would concentrate on giving Americans the education and skills they need to land jobs that  more than the minimum wage. The market forces not the federal government should dictate how much employers pay their workers

Generally, people who work hard are paid well, we live in an "at will" state. $15 minimum wage initiative called "Fair Wage Act of 2016" (#15-0032) was certified for the November 2016 ballot in Ca. .

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
Respuesta de Katherine Daigle:
  1. Cutting spending across the board by a fixed percentage except for law enforcement and emergency services. Cutting in the appropriate areas as in duplicative services but not necessarily by a fixed percentage. Law enforcement and emergency services, infrastructure improvement have more of a demand on tax dollars than do some of the more inefficient spending on programs that are unnecessary as we shrink the size of government. Supporting  infrastructure re-building projects on a pay as you go (no bonds) basis. – Investing in our infrastructure is putting people back to work.
  2. I support a balanced budget amendment with no exceptions except spending in response to incidents causing public safety emergencies to protect our national defense.  Our military and our national defense is important and requires immediate attention.

3.                  Our country and state’s economic problems are a symptom of over taxation and overregulation  it is best resolved with less state and federal government, less taxation, less        government regulation, more government investment in science and technology.

America’s economy has been in a downward spiral for the last 10 years. Nations like China are growing and are more economically powerful, losing an average of $600 billion dollars per year in trade deficits adds up, the economy neither brings in the needed tax dollars to run the country, nor gives citizens enough money to pay the bills when prices are skyrocketing at the grocery stores. The more imports we buy, the more other nations prosper, and the more America falls deeper and deeper into third world status. America’s Founding Fathers knew that foreign commerce was the key to a sustainable economy, but not by importing everything we need to live from producers overseas. 

The Constitution gives Congress the power to regulate Commerce with foreign countries, and we have given up this right. America’s commitment to the World Trade Organization gives them the power to challenge and change U.S. trade policies. This foreign body has little interest in helping the jobless in America. 

Every country in the world has protective measures to ensure they take full advantage of product entering their countries, without letting other countries take advantage of them.  America’s Founding Fathers set up ways to not only protect U.S. industries, but also fund the government. “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises. . .” By reinstating tariffs again like we had years before. By lowering income taxes American workers would not be penalize for having jobs and foreign products entering the country could pay for the government through tariffs, as the Founding Fathers envisioned.

 

Many bconsumer wares are coming from China the revenue earned through tariffs and a value-added tax would be enough to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure, but also rebuild manufacturing. Our Constitution grants Congress power to establish roads and “promote the Progress of Science.” This is money that could go towards the innovation America needs to bring back real jobs in manufacturing, and R&D.

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Filosofía política

It has always amazed me that, throughout the long and checkered history of humanity’s experiment with the institution of government; politics have traditionally been a man’s game. Even old Athens, credited and lauded as the ancient birthplace of democracy, egregiously marginalized women, extending the cherished rights to vote and otherwise publicly participate only to its male citizens. As we have mercifully begun to enter into more tolerant and enlightened times, the long-standing male preoccupation with excluding females from social administration has only become more difficult to comprehend. Reading over the annals of history, I have never understood it in any period. For it is no exaggeration to state that where women have been allowed to play a part in government – and, in many cases, even despite being actively blocked from doing so – they have thrived, as have their societies.

It is no different today, in the modern United States of America, and it is here that there can be no better example of the capabilities of women as public servants. It is time to change the culture, wade into the mainstream and articulate why gender equity is a winner for everyone.

As a public servant, I will support a small, constitutionally limited government that reins in runaway spending and lives within its means. I believe in reducing regulations, bureaucracy, and the various other inefficiencies of government in order to stimulate real growth and restore the State’s economy. I will examine public benefits system, and similar avenues of public spending that have led to unsustainable debt obligations for our communities and the state of California.

As a Republican woman, I support minimal taxation, the return of taxes paid in excess, and strict limits on the size and scope of government. I believe in free enterprise and the entrepreneurial spirit, unmolested by regulation. And when it comes to schooling, I regard education as the foundation of any successful person, because it’s such a huge reason that I have managed to be successful, and I strongly believe in providing for the learning of all children.  

 

 

1.      One of the most fundamental duties of government is to advance public safety and welfare by creating and enforcing laws. Implementing visionary planning, advanced technology and enforce our State and Federal laws will provide Safe and Secure communities.  

 

2.      Freedom and free enterprise “JOBS” should be the guiding force; it is the American way of life, not government regulation. It’s time to put the taxpayers first!

3.      Infrastructure failure – traffic, roads, and transportation, our “municipalities” have successfully built and run public utilities, and infrastructure is one of the primary ways that our communities can make ourselves more competitive. By creating a real economic consequence for jobs, income, and businesses.

4.      Every child in California is entitled to a first-class education. It provides the opportunity for any child to be raised up in our society based upon hard work and achievement. The continuation of providing our families with access to great schools, quality teachers and affordable, higher education choices, with a focus on the family. We do have a strong educational system, we have a role to play, it is our responsibility to be a premier leader in scientific research and technological development.

Return control of schools to local levels lets support teachers by opposing one-size-fits-all federal programs that take flexibility away from modern teachers. Supporting the right of parents involvement in their children education, local school districts, and the state of California to develop curriculum and set testing standards.

The belief that public service is a trust, one of the highest callings to which any man or woman may aspire. Ethics in service to one’s fellow citizens goes beyond the letter of the law. I understand the importance of the American can-do independent spirit which made this nation great. Lend your voice to the issues that are important to you. I will work attentively to advance policies that will improve the overall well-being of all Californians. I will fight for fiscal discipline, limited government, and personal responsibility.

These principles, learned from the hard lessons of experience, form the basis of my journey, and they inform and inspire my involvement in politics over the course of my life. I’ve worked for what I have and I want to empower others to have the opportunity to do the same. I seek to motivate my fellow citizens to follow the same path of hard work and reliance on self that has brought me such blessings. I am a living example of what women can do when we work hard, and I want to help other women realize that they can do the same. There is no limit to the benefits society stands to reap when women unleash their potential in the realm of politics.

I understand the importance of the American can-do independent spirit which made this nation great; this is why I promote it as a core value and philosophy. It is precisely because women have so much to offer with their talent, ingenuity, and great leadership that this motivation becomes important. This is the essential point missed over so much of human history, which modern society is starting to realize. To disenfranchise women, shutting them out of the political processes that govern their own lives and those of their families, is not only to do an injustice to them but to rob civilization itself of the brilliance of its own citizenry. My favorite quote attributed to Kerry Healey, the 70th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. In it, Healey addresses the issue of women’s traditional disempowerment in politics, “The mounting issues facing our country are complex. If we’re going to solve these problems, we can no longer afford to leave the talent of half our nation out of the conversation.” In the grand scheme of history, society is only beginning to understand the wisdom of these words. And after thousands of years of waiting, I must say: it’s about time.

 

 

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Common Core Math: 2+ 2 Might, Maybe, Kinda, Sorta, = 5?

Summary

two plus two might maybe kinda sorta equal five – teaching our children that that actually is possible is a profound disservice to them and to their futures.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a set of educational milestones in English and Mathematics that (in the initiative’s authors’ opinions) K-12 students should be able to meet by certain times. A child who graduates third grade, for example, should be able to formulate an English sentence or solve a simple math problem up to a given level. The idea, ostensibly, is to establish a standard to which all schools, regardless of the state in which they operate, should strive – and that standard is one that will allow graduates to weather college courses or enter the workforce at once.

Unfortunately, like so many things the federal government attempts to do with good intentions, the reality of this initiative has already proven a colossal failure. That’s because Common Core doesn’t just seek to set goals for students; it fundamentally rewrites the ways in which schools are to educate them. What’s more, it does this in ways that are almost comically inefficient and frustrating.

To illustrate this, let’s look at a math problem. Even if you can do it in your head, close your eyes and imagine writing out the solution for thirty-two minus twelve. It’s pretty easy: We have 32 on top and 12 under it. Then we subtract 2 from 2 and 1 from 3, and we’re left writing 20 – the correct difference. It’s a simple equation, but the only way it could really get much more complicated is if a bottom digit were ever greater than one above it; then we would have to “borrow”, which can be an intimidating concept for children to learn, but is ultimately pretty straightforward and easily understood.

But the same problem turns into a nightmare under the Common Core system. Instead of a single line of work, now the student is supposed to write four lines, each containing its own equation. We get calculations like 12 + 3 and 20 + 10, each of which at least contains numbers that appear in the problem or are the answer, but then there are the bizarre exercises of 15 + 5 and 30 + 2, neither of which seem at all helpful.

What’s more, teaching this ridiculous system is proving to be a sublime frustration at homework time – for parents as well as children. If you don’t know how to work the process and your child doesn’t understand it, how are either of you supposed to make any headway? One frustrated father, sarcastically answering a word problem that instructs children to “write a letter to Jack telling him what he did right, and what he should do to fix his mistake”, wrote:

“Don’t feel bad. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering which included extensive study in differential equations and other higher math applications. Even I cannot explain the Common Core mathematics approach, nor get the answer correct. In the real world, simplification is valued over complication.” 

 

And that, if you’ll pardon the word choice, is the core of the problem here. Common Core’s system may ultimately work, but it uses such a drawn-out, cumbersome process to solve even the simplest equations that it is of virtually no value in the real world. The argument in its support is that it teaches students to understand math more completely, instilling not only the steps necessary to reach a correct answer but the fundamentals of the relationships between numbers. Unfortunately, all that’s really happening is that students are pulling their hair out and giving up – test scores have plummeted since Common Core’s inception. This is especially true among those who already trailed their peers before, and who can least afford a substandard education: Poorer children.

Of course, stories also persist that Common Core’s math system does NOT always work. Anecdotal tales have circulated the notion that students are able to claim that 2 + 2 = 5, and get full credit for “creative thinking” so long as they convincingly explain their use of the mandatory process to arrive at that answer. There’s just one minor hiccup: Two plus two does NOT equal five – never has, and never will. Moreover, mathematical answers are not subject to gradation; they are absolute. Each one is either perfectly right, or completely wrong. American scientists and engineers did not put people on the Moon by believing in some hazy middle ground in which two plus two might maybe kinda sorta equal five – and teaching our children that that actually is possible is a profound disservice to them and to their futures.

Economic Growth Instead of Economic Disaster

Summary

The US cannot save the world with draconian caps on its own industrial activities; all it can do is destroy itself in relation to other countries who would point and laugh at a nation that used to be great and inexplicably chose to commit suicide.

We all care about the environment. It’s something we experience every day and which constitutes a constant, vital part of our lives. Let’s forget for a moment the hysterical warnings of celebrities, politicians, and Hollywood films about a sweltering, flooded planet inhabited by starving people who can’t grow enough food to survive. Even if it never gets anywhere near that bad, no one is interested in creating a planet full of smog filled skies, or in which the beautiful diversity of plant and animal life we now enjoy has been damaged or destroyed. We don’t want to live in that world ourselves; we most certainly don’t want to leave it to our children.

But the fact that we don’t want that is no license for environmentalists who seem to almost worship the planet itself as some kind of twisted pagan god to tell us all nightmarish horror stories in an attempt to frighten us into supporting the destruction of American civilization. And make no mistake: left unchecked, that is exactly what these people’s warnings of doom and gloom will lead to. We hear talk of catastrophically curtailing emissions, implementing government regulations on energy generation that would cause the utility bills of working families to skyrocket, and limits on industries considered to be “polluting” that would devastate the job market and cause real human suffering.

And for what? The United States of America is the greatest country in the world, but it is not the ONLY country. It is not even the biggest emitter of carbon emissions anymore; that would be China, a nation so blindly preoccupied with its own rampant economic growth that it will hear no mention of the kinds of restrictions that are being proposed here. The US cannot save the world with draconian caps on its own industrial activities; all it can do is destroy itself in relation to other countries who would point and laugh at a nation that used to be great and inexplicably chose to commit suicide.

That is not to say that nothing should be done – not at all. It is simply that this issue should not be approached from a perspective of hysteria, but of taking advantage of a rare opportunity. As is so often the case, the private sector is not the problem; it is the solution, if only we will let it be. Instead of devastating existing businesses (and the jobs that go with them) in the economy as it now stands, how about encouraging new businesses to grow? There is nothing wrong with renewable, non-polluting energy sources like solar panels, wind turbines, and hydroelectric dams (though sufficiently crazed environmentalists will still complain even about at least two of those three). Let’s not tell the coal and oil industries that they aren’t allowed to function; let’s tell solar and wind that they ARE, and that they should. Tax incentives can be used to encourage the development of renewable energy, helping to make it more cost-effective. The minute something becomes worth the money it takes to do, you don’t need government to interfere even one ounce further. Just sit back and watch as private companies come in, turn a profit (which stimulates the economy), and create jobs while doing so (which helps real people).

Better yet, while the United States can’t clean up the environment through doing this by itself, it CAN do what it has historically done best: act as a beacon for the rest of the world. The American economy is an extremely important benchmark that helps determine and regulate global commercial behavior – and it does so naturally, through free market forces. If US companies begin utilizing renewable energy sources en masse because they have been able to make them profitable, the market for polluting forms of energy will diminish everywhere. Businesses involved in those industries don’t need to die; if the change is given time to happen organically, they will be able to retool their operations and change focus to that which has become profitable. This will spur other companies in other parts of the world – even recalcitrant areas like China – to go where the money is, and gradually bring about real change everywhere. Then the problem can be meaningfully addressed, and it can be done without the heavy-handed government tactics that leftists favor.

Instead, we see legislative disasters like California’s SB 32 and SB 350, two glaring and obtrusive examples of climate change-related regulation that means well but can only end up destroying businesses – and therefore, obliterating jobs. It is baffling why some people insist on seeing the free market as the enemy an adversary that causes the greatest ills in society. It can generate leading technological solutions, and it will and we will.  All government must do is encourage economic growth, rather than hamper and obstruct it.

Public Education Facilities Bond Initiative – California’s Educational Infrastructure

Summary

The plethora of construction work needed to complete this project would create jobs for our hardworking citizens – which is worth millions in pay for those people to take home to their families – and when finished, the improvements would mean a better, safer education for our children – which is incalculable.

 

In California, our schools are in peril. On the national scale, we rank 43rd in school system quality, and we are an embarrassing 49 in the all-important Safety ranking. Our educational infrastructure is aged, and aging. Teachers complain that the computers used for studying are older than many of the students using them. The buildings are ill-maintained, and in many cases dilapidated. Quite frankly, it is nothing short of an outrage that conditions such as these are tolerated. We cannot call ourselves a great state if we will not care for the educational needs of our kids. Parents expect better than this for their children, and their children deserve better.

The Public Education Facilities Bond Initiative, which will be put before voters on the November ballot later this year. This measure authorizes the issuance and sale of $9 billion worth of bonds, the money raised from which would be kept in special funds (2016 State School Facilities Fund and 2016 California Community College Capital Outlay Bond Fund) to be allocated for much-needed improvement of our schools. These improvements would include construction of brand new school facilities, modernization of existing facilities, the provision of school facilities for charter schools, career technical education programs, and the acquisition, construction, and renovation of community college facilities. The plethora of construction work needed to complete this project would create jobs for our hardworking citizens – which is worth millions in pay for those people to take home to their families – and when finished, the improvements would mean a better, safer education for our children – which is incalculable.

California’s legislative analysts and the Director of Finance have prepared a financial impact statement discussing the costs of taking on this debt and paying it back. We fully intend to meet our financial obligations; there will be no ongoing deficit spending on this matter. Costs to repay principle and interest would average about $500 million per year for 35 years, with expenditures modestly increasing at first, then leveling out for most of the life of the bond before declining in the final few years.

 I do support this bond issue and the school improvements it would make possible. It is long overdue; my home city of Irvine is already proposing a local bond issue valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars to, essentially, accomplish in Irvine what the Public Education Facilities Bond Initiative would do statewide. As Californians, we should take responsibility for our children across our great state, not leave individual cities to fend for themselves. Irvine has the right idea, but the existence of the PEFBI means it may be unnecessary. I don’t want to “double dip” the taxpayers, and there is no need to do so.

I believe in the Californians for Quality Schools, the group leading the campaign in support of this bond issue, and other groups that have been backing it such as the Coalition for Adequate School Housing and the California Building Industry Association. All of these entities are backing the initiative, because they recognize and understand how beneficial it will be to the quality of our children’s schools and how profoundly working on the improvement projects will stimulate California’s economy. They want this for our people, and I believe so do I.

 

 

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