Message from Great Ed on suspension of Colorado Priorities campaign

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Today, the Colorado Priorities campaign announced it is suspending its campaign for Initiative #117, which would have invested in the state's schools, transportation, mental health and senior services—all without raising taxes.  Lisa Weil, Executive Director of Great Education Colorado issued the following statement: Over the last two months, hundreds of public education supporters throughout the state volunteered thousands of hours to gather well over 15,000 signatures for Colorado Priorities. They did so because this ...

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What is the status of the ballot initiative?

Unfortunately, the Colorado Priorities Campaign suspended the campaign today and released this announcement: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Contact: Owen Loftus 719-406-6564 | owen@loftuspr.com Colorado Priorities suspends ballot campaign Work will continue on finding a solution to invest in classrooms, roads, mental health and senior services’ DENVER — Last night, the executive committee of the Colorado Priorities campaign decided to suspend its ...

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Join thousands on July 12 and support the Colorado Priorities ballot measure

Statewide, grassroots group schedules petition signing events to allow Coloradans to vote their values in November Great Education Colorado Action will be holding petition signing events this Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at multiple locations across the front range in order to support Initiative #117. Known as “Colorado Priorities,” this measure will allow Colorado to invest in education, transportation, mental health and senior services by using revenue the state has already collected—without raising taxes. The measure requires that at least 35% of the additional ...

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If the ballot proposals pass, does an individual have the option of choosing to receive the funds above the revenue limit which that individual paid, or will all funds above the revenue limit automatically be retained by the state?

The ballot measure asks voters whether the state should retain all revenues collected under the existing tax rates. The language reads as follows: A change to the Colorado Revised Statutes authorizing the state to retain and spend state revenues that exceed the constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the state to retain and spend all such revenues collected during the ten fiscal years from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2026; authorizing the state to annually retain and spend such revenues for any subsequent ...

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When is the last day to submit petitions?

Great Ed is encouraging our volunteer petition carriers to have your petitions submitted to us by July 15. Petitions are due to the Secretary of State office at the beginning of August.

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If I register to vote online, how long do I have to wait before I can sign the petition?

You can sign the petition the same day that you register to vote.

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Statewide Signing Day on Saturday, June 18

Join thousands in supporting Colorado Priorities on June 18, 2016 Statewide, grassroots group schedules petition signing events to allow Coloradans to vote their values in November Great Education Colorado Action will be holding petition signing events this Saturday, June 18, 2016, at multiple locations across the front range in order to support Initiative #117. Known as "Colorado Priorities," this measure will allow Colorado to invest in education, transportation, mental health and senior services by using revenue the state has already collected—without raising ...

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Some people wanted to sign this petition online. We noticed this is a paper petition ONLY. Can you explain why and the rules of why it can’t be an online petition? Thanks!

Petitions cannot be signed online because the law requires that petitions to be signed in person, on paper with ink, and that this act be witnessed by the petition circulator.  This is contained in the Colorado Revised Statutes, Article I, Section 40, Subsection 111 (included below). So, for now, the law requires that petitions be signed in person. 1-40-111. Signatures - affidavits - notarization - list of circulators and notaries. (1) Any initiative or referendum petition shall be signed only by registered electors who are eligible to vote on the measure. Each ...

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Where do I go to get my petition notarized and turned in to Great Ed?

Drop by the Great Ed office at 99 Inca Street in Denver any Tuesday or Wednesday from 12 pm to 2 pm to sign a petition and/or to have petitions notarized. Alternatively, call us at 303.722.5901 and we’ll help connect you to a notary public.

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Is more money really going to improve education?

Studies demonstrate that well-targeted dollars have a direct, positive effect on student outcomes.   To list just a few: A study published in 2015 showed that a 10% increase in school funding for low-income students resulted in a 9.5% increase in their earnings as adults. Investing in smaller class sizes matters. Don’t have time to read the literature? Ask a teacher. Every state that ranks ahead of Colorado in achievement spends more than Colorado spends per pupil. Quality early childhood education, increased teacher salaries, summer school, professional ...

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