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.
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.
The Bell Policy Center, along with the Colorado Center on Law and Policy and the Colorado Fiscal Institute, released a report today showing that Amendment 66 will improve Colorado's income tax system. Here is the release that accompanied the report.
Amendment 66 will make the state income tax more efficient and productive