Brown’s Stance on School Bonds Puts Him at Odds with Construction Industry

As school construction advocates campaign for a $9 billion statewide facility bond in advance of the November election, they continue to grapple with a Jerry Brown problem.

The governor believes he has identified school construction as an area of government inefficiency. The state covers half of the cost of school facilities through voter-approved general obligation bonds. Gov. Jerry Brown has said he wants the state to downsize its program so that state revenue would be available only to poorer districts that couldn’t raise money locally.

At a press conference last week, Brown said his administration would work to replace the state’s current School Facility Program with “something that is far more reasonable.”

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