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January 20, 2015  Like

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Giving money back to education

By Representative Jon Becker (R- Fort Morgan)

During the recent recession, Colorado's public schools and higher education institutions suffered significant reductions in their funding. This has placed an immense burden on these schools to provide the consistent, top-notch education for which they are known with fewer funds. Fortunately, we are now in a position to start providing relief.

As the economy has improved, the state has been able to slowly chip away at the gap in education funding necessitated by the recession. However, while we have restored some funding, a significant disparity between current funding and where education funding should be still exists. This session I am sponsoring legislation that will transfer surplus General Fund revenue to education.

It is important to note, this bill will not affect the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights (TABOR) refunds; only excess revenue falling below the TABOR limit will apply. All revenue above that limit will be returned to the taxpayers, as required by Colorado's Constitution.

The funding structure House Bill 1058 creates will direct 70% of excess General Fund revenue to the State Education Fund, which is held in trust for Colorado K-12 public schools. The remaining 30% will be directed to a new fund to boost higher education funding. These transfers will continue until the funding disparity for our K-12 public schools and higher education institutions is fully resolved.

Quality education is the indispensable piece to a productive and bright future and our economic recovery will not continue without prioritizing education funding. Guaranteeing more funding for our schools is an investment in our future and doing so will ensure our state is an example for others to follow.

Jon Becker

House Press Releases

In the News

 Tweets of the Week  

My 1st resolution passed unanimously in the House yesterday, honoring a proud Republican, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Awaiting the start of the MLK Marade this morning. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to celebrate the life of Rev. Martin Luther King. We walked with the Conservatives of Color group, and have a great turnout.

News travels fast around the country: Governor Hickenlooper will make DUI felony bill a priority this year…

Capitol Pictures

Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) (L) and Representative Dan Thurlow (R-Grand Junction) observe the governor's annual State of the State Address.

House Republicans honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with House Joint Resolution 1005.

Representative Kim Ransom (R-Littleton) stands beneath Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s portrait in the Capitol after sponsoring House Joint Resolution 1005, honoring his birthday.

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