No College For You

2005 Outreach Tour
on Higher Education and Health

During the 2005 legislative session, Gov. Bill Owens and state lawmakers crafted a compromise proposal to help state government deal with massive budget cuts. The cuts were forced because tax revenues sharply declined during the 2001-03 recession. But while the state's economy began to rebound by 2004, the "ratchet effect" in the TABOR amendment prevented state government from using the rising tax revenues. The compromise was a package of measures to be referred to voters in the November election, called Referenda C and D.

For the Bell Policy Center, which had been researching TABOR impacts since 2002, the value of Refs C and D was clear. The package offered a short-term fix to Colorado's budget crisis, which had forced painful cuts in many areas, particularly higher education and health care.

Bell's policy staff took a close look at the budget impacts in higher education and health care, and prepared special booklets (below) for distribution at a series of meetings held across Colorado during the summer and fall of 2005.


Higher education events

Tour report - No College For You, by Spiros Protopsaltis, May 2005

Special reports for community events:
Higher education pays off for people and communities

Adams State College, Alamosa and Huerfano counties

Mesa State College, Grand Junction and Mesa County

Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad and Alamosa

Press coverage
Colorado voters to make November higher education funding decision, KKCO TV, Grand Junction, May 25, 2005

"No college for you," Think tank stumps for higher ed funding, by Danie Harrelson, The Daily Sentinel, May 26, 2005

Editorial - Bell banks on voters caring for their colleges, The Daily Sentinel, May 27, 2005


Health care events

Tour report - Warning: State Budget Cuts Can Be Hazardous to Your Health, by Robin Baker, July 2005

Special reports for community events:

Fort Collins and Larimer County

Greeley and Weld County

Grand Junction and Mesa County


The San Luis Valley

Glenwood Springs and Garfield County


The Bell Policy Center's Referenda C & D Fact Sheet

Commentary - Taking the toxin out of TABOR, by Bob Ewegen, The Denver Post, May 28, 2005