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Currently in our country, citizens are increasingly paying attention to our political landscape.  As policy changes loom, many are asking how their voice or opinion can be heard.  That opportunity exists in Colorado on new bills that are introduced in our state legislature.

You, as a citizen of Colorado, have the right to attend committee meetings and voice your support for or opposition to bills when they are being considered.

GSV watches bills that affect education funding.  Here are the current bills under consideration, a brief synopsis of each, and the link to the bill in the Colorado Legislature.  Use the link to view the bill as written, its progress through the legislature, and dates it will be heard on the floor or in committee.  And, if you decide to attend one of these hearings, let us know!   We may join you there.

  • Senate Bill 17-061, Additional Funding for Charter School Operating Costs: This bill would require school districts to distribute revenues it receives from ongoing local property tax mill levies overrides equally, on a per-student basis, to the school district charter schools. For more information see Senate Bill 17-061
  • House Bill 17-1187, Change Excess State Revenues Cap Growth Factor:  This bill would modify the excess state revenues cap, as defined by TABOR and Referendum C, by allowing an annual adjustment for an increase based on the average annual change of Colorado personal income over the last five years.  Currently Referendum C uses population growth plus the rate of inflation to determine the TABOR revenue cap.  The rate of inflation is based on the Consumer Price Index, or the variation in prices paid by consumers for retail goods and services.  Some argue that this is not a good indicator of the changes in cost of the actual services that government provides, such as healthcare, education and roads.  The sponsors of this bill suggest change in personal income is a more accurate indicator.  HB17-1187, if passed in the Legislature, would allow voters to decide whether to amend Referendum C in this November’s election.  For more information see House Bill 17-1187.

 

This document from the Colorado Legislative Council explains How Bills Become Law in Colorado.

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings:

  • March 12, 2017 2:30 – 4:00 pm Congressman Polis, Broomfield High School, 1 Eagle Way, Broomfield, CO 80020
  • March 15, 2017  6:00 – 8:00 pm Senator Fenberg, Representative Hooton, and Representative Becker, Sanitas Brewing Company; 3550 Frontier Ave, Boulder, CO 80301
  • March 20, 2017 6:00 – 8:00 pm Senator Jones, Representative Singer, and Representative Foote, Trail Ridge Middle School, 1000 Button Rock Dr, Longmont, CO 80504
  • April 9, 2017 2:00 – 5:00 pm Congressman Polis, Senator Fenberg, and Representative Singer, Wildflower Pavilion on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, 500 West Main Street, Lyons

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