On Your November 2019 Ballot:
Proposition CC Came Up Short – People of Faith Looking Ahead to 2020
At a time when Colorado’s education funding is among the lowest in the country and many of our roads and bridges are in poor condition, Proposition CC would have been a much-needed step forward to address our state’s fiscal challenges.
While this would have helped stem the effects of decades of underinvestment, Prop CC was never meant to solve all of Colorado’s fiscal challenges, it is only one piece of a much larger problem that Coloradans must face. If we value one another and our state, we must continue to do more to fix Colorado’s fiscal challenges in 2020 and beyond.
Proposition CC won the support of over 600,000 Coloradans, which shows there is a broad base of support for bold, structural changes to address our state’s fiscal challenges.
Investing in our communities is what makes them great places to live but Colorado hasn’t updated its broken tax code in the 27 years since TABOR was enacted. That means we’ve made no major new investments in public services despite decades of booming population growth, and our communities have paid the price.
We believe that our faith traditions compel us to create a moral and communal economy, one that exists to serve people and is based on a set of values that prioritizes dignity, equity, and compassion. We look forward to organizing for deeper structural changes to address our fiscal challenges.
What was Proposition CC?
Prop CC was referred by our Colorado Legislature to the 2019 ballot. It asks Colorado voters to remove the arbitrary revenue limits which have severely limited our ability to invest in our students, our roads and bridges, and our communities. You might also know it as “Debrucing.”
Prop CC invests in our communities by allowing our government to keep and spend the money it already collects from us to spend on K-12 education, higher education, and transportation.
The overwhelming majority of local governments and school districts have already asked voters to do what Proposition CC would do on a state level. Prop CC continues the momentum that has been building at the local level for years.
98% of School Districts
174 of 178 districts have “debruced.”
80% of Counties
51 of 64 counties have “debruced.”
84% of Cities
230 of 274 cities have “debruced.”
The role of our government is to protect, support, and empower us by wisely allocating our investments so our communities can thrive.
Our elected officials haven’t been allowed to do that because of the restrictive revenue cap which is not sound fiscal policy. Prop CC removes this cap so our elected officials can allocate the investments they already collect toward sectors where our state is falling behind: schools and transportation.
There is sacred unity in community. Our society is built on the value of people caring about each other. Our students, our children, and our communities deserve every opportunity we can give them to thrive.
By voting yes on Prop CC, we will be wisely investing in the future of our communities by supporting our students and fixing our infrastructure.
How will the money be spent?
Prop CC divides the money equally between K-12 education, higher education and transportation. In the 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. (See graph above.)
What will you see on your ballot?
“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?”