Raising the income tax to support public education, as voters will be asked to do this fall when they vote on Amendment 66, will not hurt Colorado's economy, since state taxes have only a minor effect on economic growth. State tax increases or cuts have little influence on business-location decisions, the creation of small businesses or other economic activity, a large body of research shows. Other factors, like how the nation is faring economically and how much consumers are spending, are far more important to the economic health of states.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments today on whether a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights should go forward.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in 2011 by several current and former state and local elected officials, argues that TABOR violates the U.S. Constitution because it usurps one of their most fundamental powers, the ability to impose taxes, and that prevents the officials from doing the jobs to which they were elected.
The Colorado Commits to Kids events calendar, largely bare for the past couple of months, has filled up this week with several community meetings and field office openings.
Colorado Commits is the main campaign organization pushing for voter approval of Amendment 66, the state income tax increase that would raise $950 million a year in additional funding for P-12 schools.
The Bell Policy Center, along with the Colorado Center on Law and Policy and the Colorado Fiscal Institute, released a report today that shows the benefits of investing in education. Here is the release that accompanied the report.
Investments in education called for in Amendment 66 would help economy as well as students
Investing in education not only helps students in the classroom, it also leads to higher wages, greater productivity and higher rates of economic growth.
Investing in education will not only help Colorado students do better in school, it will also give the state a powerful tool to boost its economy. Where education thrives, higher wages, higher productivity and faster economic growth are the norm. Coloradans can give their kids, themselves and future generations a hand up by approving Amendment 66 to the state Constitution this November.
To understand how Colorado finds itself in its current fiscal condition, it is helpful to look back at some critical decisions made by legislators and voters over the last 31 years, and at some of the economic and political factors that drove those decisions. (An update of "The Road to 2007," part of "Looking Forward, Colorado's fiscal prospects after Ref C.")
Opportunity matters, and the Bell Policy Center is proud to be a catalyst for opportunity in Colorado. The Bell's 2012-13 Annual Report highlights our recent work, accomplishments and goals for the future. Click on the image to read our report, or click here to download a PDF version.
Colorado voters have a bigger job than voters in any other state. They are the real legislators, because they have the final say on taxes and spending. That means they need to know the basics of our budget, education, health care and proposals that reach our election ballots.