Budget

State economists predict strong economic growth and solid revenues

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: December 23, 2013
Author: Jones, Rich

State economists project continued growth for Colorado's economy and, as a result, solid revenues, they said in presentations to the Joint Budget Committee on Dec. 20.

Strong economic growth projected

Buchanan: We must build 21st century education system that serves all

Type: Commentary & Letters
Published Date: November 30, 2013
Author: Greeley Tribune

(This column was paired with a counterpoint column written by Steve Hall.)

By Wade Buchanan

It's less than four weeks since voters said "no" to Amendment 66, a broad proposal to change the funding formula for educating our kids and updating our tax system to pay for it.

Voters said 'no' this time, so it's back to the drawing board

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: November 6, 2013
Author: Buchanan, Wade

Dear Friends:

Today's Denver Post calls the defeat of Amendment 66 a "drubbing." That's probably the right word.

Clarity is one benefit of losing decisively. When the margin is close, you second-guess campaign tactics and speculate about whether a different strategy would have produced a different result.

None of that here. Simply put, voters just weren't in the mood to raise taxes in the way we proposed, for the education reforms we offered.

Setting the record straight on Tax Foundation's claims on Amendment 66

Type: Policy Brief
Published Date: October 25, 2013
Author: Jones, Rich

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.

Organizations for and against Amendment 66

Type: Press Coverage
Published Date: October 19, 2013
Author: The Gazette – Colorado Springs

FOR AMENDMENT 66

School districts

- North Conejos School District RE 1-J

- Pueblo County School District

- Ridgway School District R-2

- Roaring Fork School District Board of Education

- Salida School District R-32-J

- Sargent School District RE-33J

- St. Vrain Valley Schools

- Summit County School District

- Weld County School District 6 Board of Education

- Weldon Valley RE-20J

- Adams County School District 14 Board of Education

- Alamosa School District RE-11J

Amendment 66: Battle over Colorado school tax draws big money, heavy hitters

Type: Press Coverage
Published Date: October 19, 2013
Author: The Gazette – Colorado Springs

By Garrison Wells
The Gazette

Smaller classes. Fewer fees to parents.

More time and tools for teachers.

Money for reform.

Those are just a few of the benefits that would come with passage of Amendment 66, which would pump almost $1 billion into education in Colorado by raising taxes, proponents say.

Facts of Amendment 66 disputed; Would replace money lost in recession

Type: Press Coverage
Published Date: October 18, 2013
Author: The Fort Morgan Times

By Dan Barker
Fort Morgan Times News Editor

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.

State law clear on funding for Amendment 66, PERA contributions

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: October 15, 2013
Author: Jones, Rich

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.

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Amendment 66 and PERA

Type: Policy Brief
Published Date: October 15, 2013
Author: Jones, Rich

Rich Jones, director of policy and research, produced 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. Here is a summary; click on link below to read the complete policy brief.

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Some opponents charge that money raised by Amendment 66 will be diverted to "backfill" an "unfunded pension liability" at the Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA) rather than go to support students in the classroom.

Amendment 66: Analyses of tax and economic impacts

Type: Policy Brief
Published Date: October 2, 2013
Author: Awuor, GeorgeHedges, CarolJones, Rich

The Bell Action Network, along with the Colorado Fiscal Institute and Colorado Center on Law and Policy, released three economic analyses related to Amendment 66. They are:

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