SAN FRANCISCO - Public finance firms are putting their money behind efforts to defeat a California ballot measure they say could throw a monkey wrench into the state's infrastructure needs.

Supporters of Proposition 98 pitch the measure, on the June 3 statewide ballot, as a response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 2004 Kelov. New London ruling, saying it will ban the use of eminent domain to acquire property for transfer to private owners.

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