Is Colorado’s quality of life at risk?
Is Colorado’s population growing faster than we can handle? Is our quality of life at risk? Is it time to update our tax code to meet the competing needs of our state?
The amendment in Colorado’s constitution that imposed restrictions to restrain growth in government is 25 years old and the The Denver Post dedicated Sunday, February 26th Perspective section, to covering this topic.
Why does it matter?
While perspectives vary on this subject, the fact is that Coloradans live with the most restrictive tax-and-spending limitation in the country. And, there are consequences to how essential public services are funded.
Together, we invest in the things that make Colorado a great place to live and work. The revenue we all contribute goes toward schools, roads, public safety, state parks, and more.
We know thriving communities require vibrant public schools with qualified, well-prepared and culturally competent teachers; learning opportunities that meet the needs and curiosity of each and every child; and individual attention, support and mental health services for all students.
But Colorado is facing an urgent problem. Schools — and all of our essential public services — are struggling. Our tax code prevents us from keeping up with the state’s growth and our students’ educational needs. The amount we have to invest isn’t enough to support what our current quality of life demands. We have less money to do things that matter to our communities, like give our kids a great education and make higher education affordable, support seniors who want to stay healthy and independent in their own homes, and build a modern infrastructure that helps businesses grow, to name a few.
Coloradans are innovators; we should have the best schools, roads and communities in the nation.
Our quality of life and our future depends on the investments we make today. Because our constitution makes us the deciders when it comes to those investments, it is imperative that we are informed and engaged.
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