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.
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A Boulder Daily Camera commentary expressing the need to fund public community colleges, whose funding has decreased in recent years, making education beyond high school more out of reach for many Coloradans.
DENVER, CO.???.Colorado's state budget has gone from lean to anorexic and is not likely to recover without major changes in the way the state raises and spends money, warned a local public policy group today. The Bell Policy Center, a nonprofit organization committed to programs that help open gateways to opportunity and promote self-sufficiency, today released a report that tracks current budget cuts in the context of long-term impact on Colorado's citizens.
DENVER, CO – Major flaws in Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR) have seriously impaired the state's ability to set budget and program priorities and respond to crises, such as the current economic downturn, according to a study released today.