The second regular session of the 69th Colorado General Assembly came to a close on Wednesday. From our perspective, it was extremely productive and expanded opportunity for a wide range of Coloradans.
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.
This week, we've talked about some numbers in the Long Bill, the state's budget.
Today, we want to focus on a program that's not in the state budget.
We think legislators must find room for a meaningful investment to boost adult education in Colorado. One glaring reason is that Colorado is the only state in the nation that does not provide state funding for adult education, and we are falling behind.
But a better reason is how that investment will help Coloradans, businesses and our economy.
We told you previously that it's all about the Benjamins at the state capitol this week and next.
While the legislators are working through the big numbers in the proposed budget, we wanted to let you know about one of the smaller numbers and talk about its impact on the lives of Coloradans.
One is $4 million, small in comparison to a General Fund budget of $9.3 billion. As it stands now, the Joint Budget Committee has added $4 million for senior services provided by the 16 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) across the state.