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.
The Colorado House Education Committee today passed and sent to the House Appropriations Committee two important education funding bills – the 2014 School Finance Act (HB14-1298) and the "Student Success Act" (HB14-1292). Because these bills will help set the future course of public education in the state, we believe important changes still need to be made for the bills to best serve the needs of the state and local communities.