SJK Endorses Proposition CC

Support Jeffco Kids is proud to endorse Proposition CC!

We gave you quite a bit of detail here, along with the Colorado Sun article link:

TABOR and Prop CC

Proposition CC will allow the state of Colorado to keep all revenues collected under the current tax rates, and invest any additional revenue above Colorado’s current revenue cap into public education, higher education, and transportation.  This measure does not increase taxes. This measure does not amend or change the Colorado constitution. It does allow Colorado to invest in its future.

Ballot Language:

“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 audit to show how the retained revenues are spent?”

Rationale:

After the 2019 Legislative Session, Colorado’s Budget Stabilization Factor/Negative Factor (the money owed our schools) sits at $572 million.

Colorado ranks 41st in the nation when it comes to per pupil spending.

Colorado is approximately $2,700 below the national average in per pupil funding.

Colorado ranks last in teacher salaries (according to a new report from Business.org.)

As of May 2019, after eleven (11) years of Colorado K-12 school funding cuts (2009/10-2019/20), Colorado schools have a total lost revenue of $8,129,000,000

Jeffco Public Schools Prop CC Summary

We encourage you to learn more about Proposition CC: https://yesonpropcc.com/

 

At a time when our education funding rates are lower than Mississippi and Alabama, passing Prop CC on Nov. 5 will give Colorado schools some much-needed resources. Out-of-state billionaires have already funded our opposition. They want to take money away from our kids’ education—but we won’t let that happen.

Here’s how it works: 

Prop CC will allow Colorado to keep all funds already collected under the current tax rates. Anything that is above the current revenue cap will be distributed straight into K-12 education (as well as higher ed and transportation). It won’t eliminate Colorado’s budget woes, but it’s a great step forward—and a step that we’d be taking without raising taxes.

Good schools. Good roads. Great state. Prop CC is protecting the Colorado way of life.

  • Colorado isn’t a poor state. Wouldn’t it be great if we stopped acting like one?
    • Nearly 60% of school districts across the state have four-day school weeks
    • Despite our booming economy, Colorado is the WORST in the U.S. in wage competitiveness for teachers
    • Colorado needs to spend $2,700 MORE per pupil just to meet the national average, but we just don’t have the funding
    • We owe our schools more than $8 BILLION of money that was taken and never replaced since the Great Recession

Here’s what it does (and doesn’t do):

 

Raise Taxes? No
Amend the Constitution? No
Change any existing formulas? No
Follow TABOR? Yes
Define how dollars will be spent? Yes
Help students, teachers, schools, and communities YES

Our kids’ future is counting on our ability to get the word out—and get the vote out. Want  more details? Here’s a link to our FAQ: https://www.publiceducationvoter.org/faq

 

FAQs From the Campaign

ISN’T THIS JUST A TAX INCREASE?

No. See for yourself in the measure’s straightforward ballot language: “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?

IS THIS JUST ANOTHER BLANK CHECK TO FUND GOVERNMENT GROWTH?

No. The money must be spent on three specified areas, which will create construction jobs and help students and teachers in the classroom. This isn’t funding government growth; it’s funding public services that help our state and the people who live here.

IS THIS JUST AN EFFORT TO UNDO THE TAXPAYER’S BILL OF RIGHTS (TABOR)?

No. Prop CC does what TABOR requires: asks voters to invest revenue beyond TABOR’s arbitrary limits. Voters will still be asked to approve future tax increases. We are not undoing TABOR.

HOW WOULD MONEY BE SPENT UNDER PROP CC?

Prop CC would divide the money voters allow the state to invest equally between transportation, higher education and K-12 schools. In its first year, Prop CC would direct an estimated $103 million to state, county and local transportation projects, $103 million to higher education and $103 million to our public schools for “non-recurring” expenses like buying books or computers or creating incentives to retain and attract quality teachers.

AND HOW DO WE KNOW IT WON’T BE WASTED?

Prop CC includes unprecedented transparency and accountability, requiring annual, independent audits to show the public how the money was spent.

WILL NEW MONEY RAISED FOR TRANSPORTATION HAVE ANY IMPACT AT THE LOCAL LEVEL?

Absolutely. Prop CC mandates that 40% of the new money go to cities and counties while 60% would go to the state highway projects.

IS PROP CC THE CURE FOR COLORADO’S BUDGET WOES?

No. But it’s a great step forward — and a step that we’d be taking without raising the tax rate.

Supporting all kids in Jefferson County Colorado