Gov't Affairs, Govt - State of Colorado

School Finance Reform Question Finally Approved for Ballot

After a long wait, the Secretary of State finally announced that Colorado Commits to Kids had enough valid signatures to put a measure on the November ballot. As has been discussed in the past, the measure, now known as Amendment 66, would increase income taxes to raise money for K-12 education.  Now its supporters have roughly five weeks to educate the voting public on what is a very complicated measure. Will the announcement finally motivate business organizations to take a position on the measure? It seems that there is a consensus that our system of funding education needs to be fixed but supporting increases in income tax is a frightening concept to some people. The measure includes an interesting provision that will place it back on the ballot in 2014 if it doesn’t pass this year.

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