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.
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.
The Bell Policy Center and the Colorado Fiscal Institute (CFI) yesterday filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. The brief explains how TABOR works and some of the effects it has had in Colorado since voters approved it in 1992.
George Awuor, Policy Analyst Testimony to the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday, April 16, 2013
My name is George Awuor and I am a Policy Analyst at 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.
The Bell Policy Center strongly supports Senate Bill 13-213, the proposal to update our state's financing formula for P-12 education. Wade Buchanan, president of the Bell, testified in favor of the proposal on Monday before the House Education Committee, noting that it helps move Colorado in the direction of expanding opportunity for all students.