My name is Frank Waterous, and I am a senior policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center. The Bell is a non-partisan, non-profit research and policy organization founded on progressive values and dedicated to expanding opportunity for all Coloradans.
The second year of the 69th session of the Colorado General Assembly is up and running. Bills are being introduced, committees are meeting and we are working hard promoting policies that expand opportunity for more Coloradans. The goal of promoting opportunity is what guides our selection of policies to work on and our priorities for advocacy.
Colorado has a chance to vastly improve its education system, become a national leader in early-childhood education by providing full-day kindergarten and preschool, and lay the groundwork for a strong and enduring economy – all for approximately $133 a year for the average family. Unfortunately, opponents of Amendment 66 have been misleading voters about its effects on Colorado taxpayers and the economy by trying to convince Coloradans that, despite the evidence, it's not a good deal.
Those representing Amendment 66 and opposing it disagreed on the basic facts during The Fort Morgan Times candidates and issues forum.
Held at the Fort Morgan Middle School, the forum allowed local residents a chance to hear about the proposed amendment to the state constitution, and could submit written questions to the proponent and opponent.
Amendment 66 is an opportunity to invest in the state, its economy, its children and its workforce, said Wade Buchanan, president of The Bell Policy Center.
Rich Jones, director of policy and research, produced Amendment 66 and PERA, a policy brief in response to claims by opponents of Amendment 66 that money raised by the amendment will be sent to the Public Employees' Retirement Association, not to classrooms. The brief cites language from the amendment, state law and legislation that will go into effect if the amendment passes.
Below is a summary; click on link to read the complete policy brief.