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Colorado Education Association 2019 Scorecard

HB 19-1257: Voter Approval To Retain Revenue For Ed & Transp 

Beginning with the 2019-20 fiscal year, the bill authorizes the state to annually retain and spend all state revenues in excess of the constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending that the state would otherwise be required to refund. The bill is a referendum that will be submitted to the voters at the statewide election held on November 5, 2019, and approval of the ballot title at the election constitutes a voter-approved revenue change to the constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending. If approved, an amount of money equal to the state revenues retained under this measure is designated as part of the general fund exempt account. The general assembly is required to appropriate or the state treasurer is required to transfer this money to provide funding for: Public schools; Higher education; and Roads, bridges, and transit. Legislative council staff will be required to specify this retained amount and its associated uses in an annual report that it currently prepares related to revenue retained and spent under referendum C. In addition, the state auditor is required to contract with a private entity to annually conduct a financial audit regarding the use of the money that the state retains and spends under this measure. (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)  

CEA supports this bill as it is a step the right direction to address the Gordian Knot of laws and policies that hamstring Colorado's ability to adequately fund public education despite Colorado's status as the tope economy in the country. However, there is still more work must be done to reduce and eliminate the ongoing cut to schools of $672 million via the budget stabilization factor. That is on average more than an $800 cut per student. 

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CEA Supported

House Status: Pass
Senate Status: Pass
Final Status: Pass

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