Few things in public policy are as final as a Supreme Court decision. That's why we were disappointed this week when the state Supreme Court ruled that Colorado's system for financing schools does not violate the constitutional promise of a "thorough and uniform" system of public education. We believed strongly enough in the merits of the case that last October we filed a "friend of the court" brief on the side of the plaintiffs, arguing that the current system actually perpetuates achievement gaps in Colorado schools.
Colorado took a small but very important step today that will help more older Coloradans with long-term care needs, allowing them to stay in their homes longer and saving the state money in the process. Gov. John Hickenlooper did that by signing Senate Bill 127, which will improve funding for the state's 16 Area Agencies on Aging.
Colorado's enterprise zone program will be modified to permanently cap the amount of investment tax credit that may be claimed at $750,000 per year, place greater emphasis on job creation and workforce development and provide transparency in assessing the program's effectiveness, thanks to Gov. John Hickenlooper's signing of House Bill 1142 on Wednesday.
The 2013 legislative session made extraordinary progress in expanding opportunities for more Coloradans.
In our January preview of the session, we described how legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle outlined broad goals and emphasized the role of public policy in expanding opportunity. During the session, they delivered. The result is one of the most productive and far-reaching sessions in memory.
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The 2013 legislative session made extraordinary progress in expanding opportunities for more Coloradans. The legislature enacted several measures that the Bell and others have been working on for almost a decade.
Our end-of-session edition of The Opportunity News reviews many of those accomplishments, with a focus on the Bell's major bills.
A bill aimed at leveling the playing field between Colorado retailers and their online competitors passed the State House of Representatives today.
House Bill 13-1295 would simplify the collection of state and local taxes by "remote sellers" that do not have a presence in Colorado. This simplification would align Colorado with requirements in the federal Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, a bipartisan bill pending in the U.S. Congress.
The Colorado Title Board has approved 21 ballot measures designed to provide funding for Senate Bill 13-213, which would update Colorado's school financing formula for the first time in almost 20 years. If the bill passes, voters must approve one of these ballot measures to provide funding for it.
Robert Semro, policy analyst Testimony to the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee April 23, 2013
My name is Robert Semro, and I am a policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center. The Bell is a non-partisan, non-profit research and advocacy organization founded on progressive values and dedicated to expanding opportunity for all Coloradans.