Bell supports Gov. Ritter???s school district mill levy freeze; Q&A with the Bell: Skaggs seeks collaboration between CDHE and colleges; Scott Martinez named to Bell Policy Center board of directors; Commission gets 28 health care reform proposals; Projection: 20 percent of GDP for health care by 2016; States urged to target job training funds toward low-income, low-skilled workers; Workers not boosting savings as retirement system shifts
The Colorado Legislature and Gov. Bill Ritter worked together this year to pass dozens of bills that improve the state of opportunity for thousands of Coloradans, says Wade Buchanan, president of the Bell Policy Center. "The 2007 session will be remembered as a strong push for opportunity," Buchanan said. "Legislators worked hard to pass bills that prepare our kids to compete in the global economy and help families join and stay in the middle class."
The boards of the Bell Policy Center and the Bell Action Network have endorsed Gov. Bill Ritter's proposal to stabilize school district mill levies to address education funding and tax fairness issues. The boards also endorsed the governor's plan for using state money freed up by the mill levy stabilization to boost preschool and kindergarten programs.
Passage of Referendum C in 2005 was a wonderful victory for fiscal sanity in Colorado, but it is only temporary. The state's resources still are extremely limited compared to future needs. So it is time to start talking about the post-Ref C world.
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