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.
We should use Referendum C money to help make up for past funding cuts to community colleges, junior colleges and state colleges throughout Colorado, giving priority to institutions serving and demonstrating a commitment to low-income, underserved and rural students.
The legislature should significantly increase state support for adult basic education by appropriating at least $1 million each year to match the state???s federal grant and to expand and improve basic services. This investment will help more adults get GEDs, learn English and become literate.
We should continue to dedicate more resources to the Colorado Indigent Care Program to expand community-based health care. If the Colorado Health Care Services Fund proves effective, the legislature should increase funding to expand coverage to more Coloradans who need it.
We should establish a system for small employer risk pool purchasing. The idea is to allow small businesses to join together, pool risk and leverage purchasing power like larger businesses are able to do. This is a form of community rating that will spread costs, moderate premiums and expand coverage to more Colorado families.