“Sorry I was late for class. I couldn’t find parking” has become not just an excuse, but an altogether too common reality on college campuses today. Parking is only one component of unmet facility needs. California’s Community College system alone estimates $28 billion in facility needs over the next five years. This figure grows to $40 billion over the next ten years. While the Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016 only addresses a portion of the educational facility need, we believe a $9 billion investment for kindergarten through community college is a crucial step in the right direction.
Opponents of the measure include Governor Jerry Brown who advocated for a compromise earlier this year, but when the clock ran out decided no solution was better than the current proposal. While the reasoning behind Governor Brown’s decision may be admirable - to focus on lowering the state’s long-term debt - deferring the funding not only leads to a longer list of needs, but also escalating construction costs. Consider that the same projects built today with $9 billion could easily cost over $16 billion in 10 years.
We hope you will join Watry Design, Inc. and CCFC in supporting the initiative, which is sponsored by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and the California Building Industry Association (CBIA).
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