Governor’s 2019-20 budget prioritizes kids and families
Last month, Gov. John Hickenlooper presented his budget to the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, the final proposed budget of Gov. Hickenlooper’s time in office. We at the Children’s Campaign are thankful that he has chosen to prioritize kids and families. Included in his $33 billion spending plan are resources to increase per-pupil K-12 education funding, investments in programs for family economic and food security, dollars to increase access to family planning services, and a plan to advance equity in state programs. We also applaud his emphasis on child care accessibility and affordability with multiple tax credit strategies to help families get the care their children need.
When Governor-Elect Jared Polis takes office in January, he will have the opportunity to make changes to Hickenlooper’s budget or propose his own new plan. We will work with the Polis administration to ensure that children and families remain a priority in our state’s budget. Key areas such as child care affordability, health coverage for kids, access to a full range of family planning services, and adequate resources for 2020 census outreach need to be addressed, and we will do our part at the Children’s Campaign to elevate proposed solutions to these challenges. As the administration transition happens, we will include details about specific spending recommendations and changes in future editions of KidsFlash.