When Governor John Hickenlooper told a reporter that he hasn’t decided if he will back the School Finance Act measure this fall, perhaps he was hoping to be part of a bigger decision.
A plan by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to engage communities in charting a new course for Colorado has generated skepticism because of its vague goals and name – TBD Colorado.
More than a hundred municipalities across Colorado are holding elections this week on everything from tax increases and marijuana to plastic bags.
The nation’s only ballot measure this fall that proposes a state tax increase pits some defenders of Colorado’s underfunded schools against those who warn it will cost jobs.
Republicans in the Colorado Legislature are asking Democratic leaders to oppose a ballot proposal to raise taxes by $3 billion over five years to help fund the state’s education system.
The University of Denver released a study this week that showed that without tax increases, the Colorado state budget will not be able to pay for anything but Health Care, Prisons and K-12 education by 2025. That scenario is based on the study seeing our overall economic picture as a state in far worse shape than previously expected, CBSDenver.com Blogger Dominic Dezzutti writes.
The Denver-area mass-transit district has decided not to ask voters for a sales tax increase in November.
While the details differ, both organizations discovered that citizens still reeling from a record-setting recession are not likely to support a tax hike, even if it goes toward a good idea or cause.