Where do I go to get my petition notarized and turned in to Great Ed?

Drop by the Great Ed office at 99 Inca Street in Denver any Tuesday or Wednesday from 12 pm to 2 pm to sign a petition and/or to have petitions notarized. Alternatively, call us at 303.722.5901 and we’ll help connect you to a notary public.

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Is more money really going to improve education?

Studies demonstrate that well-targeted dollars have a direct, positive effect on student outcomes.   To list just a few: A study published in 2015 showed that a 10% increase in school funding for low-income students resulted in a 9.5% increase in their earnings as adults. Investing in smaller class sizes matters. Don’t have time to read the literature? Ask a teacher. Every state that ranks ahead of Colorado in achievement spends more than Colorado spends per pupil. Quality early childhood education, increased teacher salaries, summer school, professional ...

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Why do we need to dedicate funds to these areas?

Colorado is one of the fastest growing states with one of the best economies in the country. Yet each year we cut vital funding for education and transportation, and continue to underfund mental health and senior services. Budgets for essential public services are slashed during bad economic times and are not ever restored during good economic times. The end result is that important public priorities remain—and become increasingly—underfunded. This measure will provide accountability by requiring lawmakers to invest additional funds, during good economic times, into ...

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Is this a tax increase?

No. Because of a 25-year-old law, Colorado isn’t allowed to keep and spend all of the tax revenue it already collects. This measure will direct lawmakers to invest those funds into education, transportation, mental health and senior services over the next 10 years.

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If this measure passes, what prevents the legislature from reducing the amount they would have funded K12 education?

This ballot measure requires at least 35% of the additional revenue to be directed to education, including pre-school through 12th grade education, vocational education and higher education. As in every legislative session, the legislature has the ability to cut education in order to fund other areas of the state budget. However, the negative factor provides a mechanism for tracking those cuts and our advocates will be at the Capitol highlighting the shell game if that becomes an issue.

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If this measure passes, does that mean we’ve solved the funding shortfall?

No. However, passing this measure is an important step in allowing the state to restore vital funding to important public priorities during good economic times.  

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When will petitions become available?

You are invited to join one of the statewide events on Saturday, May 14, to pick up petitions and to learn more about a citizen ballot initiative—known as "Colorado Priorities."  The Colorado Priorities ballot measure will allow the state to keep all revenues collected under the current tax rates, and invest any additional revenue above the revenue cap into education, transportation, mental health services and senior services. It would be in effect for 10 years. This measure does not raise taxes—not one penny. This measure does not change or amend the Colorado ...

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What is the final language approved for the ballot initiative?

The Colorado Priorities ballot initiative states: Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes authorizing the state to retain and spend state revenues that exceed the constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the state to retain and spend all such revenues collected during the ten fiscal years from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2026; authorizing the state to annually retain and spend such revenues for any subsequent fiscal year in an amount equal to the highest amount collected in any single fiscal ...

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What are the next steps following the April 6 Title Board meeting?

There is a seven-day window where one can challenge the proposal. If challenged, a Motion for Rehearing is filed and it will then go back to the April 20 Title Board meeting for another hearing.

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What is the language set by the Title Board for the measures?

The Title Board met on April 6 and set title for the following three versions of the ballot measure: Measure #116 A change to the Colorado Revised Statutes permanently authorizing the state to retain and spend all state revenues that exceed the constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending, and, in connection therewith, dedicating specified percentages of any revenues retained to fund education and transportation projects and allowing the state to use remaining revenues retained for the same purposes and to fund mental health services and senior service...

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