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AirTalk debates 2018 ballot initiatives: Prop 4 — the children’s hospital bonds initiative




Registered nurse Autumn Small adjusts an IV drip machine for eighteen-year-old cancer patient Patrick McGill as he receives treatment for a rare form of cancer at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center Childrens Hospital.
Registered nurse Autumn Small adjusts an IV drip machine for eighteen-year-old cancer patient Patrick McGill as he receives treatment for a rare form of cancer at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center Childrens Hospital.
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Four bond measures are on California’s Nov. 6 ballot this year, one of which is Proposition 4. It would secure $1.5 billion in funding for the construction, expansion and renovation of 13 children’s hospitals statewide.

This is the third bond measure for children’s hospitals that state voters have faced since 2004, and would also require hospitals to meet new seismic standards by 2030. Backing the “Yes on 4” campaign is the California Children’s Hospital Association. Supporters say that hospitals inadequately receive most of their funding from Medi-Cal and need additional streams of revenue.

While there is no official opposition campaign to Prop 4, “no” voters point to the enormous costs, with bonds generally requiring double the amount of money for taxpayers after interest. Proposition 4 would take an estimated 35 years to pay off with $80 million annually.
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Guests:

Ann-Louise Kuhns, chair of the California Children’s Hospital Association, which is sponsoring the official “Yes on 4” campaign

David Wolfe, legislative director for Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which does not have an official position on Prop 4