Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Proposition 71

Something I saw a lot of during my recent trip to California was literature trying to persuade me to vote for, or against, something called Proposition 71.

For most of my time out there I couldn't figure out what everyone was going on about, but it turns out that this was a vote to decide whether, "The state would establish a new state medical research institute and authorize the issuance of $3 billion in state general obligation bonds to provide funding for stem cell research and research facilities in California". Interestingly, in a break from the party line, the Yes on 71 Coalition included the Republican California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I was pleased to see that this measure was approved by a decent margin, it looks like someone out there is actually thinking about the future.