This article was originally published in the Fall 2019 edition of the Colorado Public Works Journal.
Almost 30 years after narrowly enacting the most restrictive government spending limits in the country, Proposition CC asks Colorado voters to remove the arbitrary revenue limits which have severely limited our ability to invest in our students, our roads and bridges, and to address the needs of our fast-growing state.
Proposition CC was referred to the 2019 statewide ballot by the Legislature and, if passed, authorizes the state to annually keep and spend money collected above the current state limits.
“Without raising taxes and to better fund public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges, and transit, within a balanced budget, may the state keep and spend all the revenue it annually collects after June 30, 2019, but is not currently allowed to keep and spend under Colorado law, with an annual independent audit to show how the retained revenues are spent?”
Prop CC continues momentum to invest more in public services that has been building at the local level for years. The overwhelming majority of local governments and school districts have asked and received permission from voters to keep and spend money collected above constitutional limits. That includes:
- 96% of School Districts (171 of 178 districts)
- 84% of Counties (51 of 64 counties)
- 80% of Municipalities (230 of 272 cities)
GOOD FOR EDUCATION. Though Colorado regularly ranks among the top economies in the country (we are currently ranked No. 1 by US News & World Report), our investment in our K-12 public schools consistently ranks near the bottom.
GOOD FOR TRANSPORTATION. Nearly 25% of public roads across Colorado are rated as being in “poor” condition and almost 500 bridges have been deemed “structurally deficient.”
GOOD FOR OUR ECONOMY. Allowing the state to keep and spend revenue above current limits will stimulate more sustainable growth in our economy and help provide the critical services that enable all Coloradans to get ahead.
Join fellow Coloradans who support increased investment for Colorado. Vote Yes on Proposition CC by November 5th!
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