Budget

HB 14-1120: Concerning the New School Finance Act

Type: Testimony
Published Date: February 12, 2014
Author: Buchanan, Wade

Concerning the New School Finance Act

HB 14-1120

Prepared testimony to the House Education Committee

Wade Buchanan, President
buchanan@bellpolicy.org

February 12, 2014

Senate Bill 14-001: College Affordability Act

Type: Testimony
Published Date: January 29, 2014
Author: Waterous, Frank

College Affordability Act

Senate Bill 14-001

Testimony to the Senate Education Committee

Frank Waterous, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst

January 29, 2014

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.

Our to-do list for 2014 session: Increase opportunity for more Coloradans

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: January 27, 2014
Author: Jones, Rich

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.

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.

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