We believe that one of the essential functions of government is to support the development of an educated citizenry and workforce, and a key component of this is ensuring access to high-quality, affordable post-secondary education.
Two bills signed by Gov. Bill Ritter last week will, in different ways, serve this important goal. We presented testimony on both bills during the session.
There is no dispute about just how bad things are for public higher education in Colorado. The governance structure has been weakened, and, like that of many states, Colorado's budget is a big-time mess. So nobody questions that something needed to be done, and fast, to get the state and its colleges through the next two years.