HB19-1257 (Becker & McCluskie/Court & Priola) Voter Approval to Retain Revenue for K-12 Education & Transportation, HB19-1258 Allocate Voter-Approved Revenue for Education and Transportation

Originally Posted: April 5, 2019
Last Updated: May 3, 2019

Summary

The bill would refer a measure to voters on the 2019 ballot that would permanently “De-Bruce” the state. It would remove strict limits on how much revenue the state can keep and how much it can spend as a result of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, (TABOR) and allow the state to invest in education and transportation.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports the bill. TABOR hinders our ability as a state to invest in and support Colorado communities. Because revenue limits have put our state budget on autopilot, we don’t have what is needed to support priorities like education and transportation. We see many of the challenges facing children and families as unintended consequences of constitutional amendments that were never designed to interact with each other. Because revenue limits have put our state budget on autopilot, we simply don’t have what’s needed to fund the children and families who need it most. When we invest in our children and families early on all Coloradans benefit.  This proposal represents just one step our state can take to support our kids and families.

Current Status

Passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 21-14 and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature. 

Previous Statuses


April 5, 2019

Passed the House Finance Committee on a vote of 7-4 and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee. Kelly Causey, President and CEO, testified in support of the bill.

April 19, 2019

Passed the House on a vote of 41-23 and now heads to the Senate Finance Committee where it will be heard on Tues., 23 at 2pm in Room 357.

April 26, 2019

Passed the Senate Finance Committee on a vote of 4-3 and now heads to the Senate floor for debate. Kelly Causey, President and CEO, testified in support of the bill.