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A guide to how Amendment 23, “the budget stabilization factor” and “the negative factor” shape education spending in Colorado

The fight over school funding in Colorado has become one of the state’s most consequential political battlegrounds, a defining issue in elections and governance from the local level all the way up to the governor’s office. But following the debate can be difficult. Lurking behind every fight over teacher pay and four-day school weeks is […]

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Colorado’s state budget drives decisions that affect us all, but it’s long and complicated. We’re here to help.

Schools, roads, parks. The cost of college and health care. How much you pay in taxes. No matter what issue you care about in Colorado, chances are the state budget plays a large role in its fate. The good news: following the budget process from home is easier than ever thanks to live-streamed government meetings […]

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The TABOR battle is reaching new levels. Critics are testing 18 ways to rewrite Colorado tax policy.

Behind the scenes, the political left in Colorado is gearing up for a fight to overhaul the state’s tax system, a tangled mess of constitutional amendments that they believe holds the key to better-funded schools, less congested roads and more affordable college. Step one to unravel the knot? Figure out what threads they’re even allowed […]

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What you need to know about TABOR, Gallagher, Amendment 23 and the hidden forces that constrain spending in Colorado

Coloradans want better schools, faster commutes and safer streets, but they usually don’t want to pay higher taxes to get them. And thanks to a tangle of voter-approved constitutional spending restrictions and mandates, that fundamental tension between services and spending is more complicated to navigate in Colorado than just about any other state. What separates […]

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As TABOR, Gallagher and Amendment 23 clash, lawmakers float a major change to tax status for properties used for AirBnb, VRBO to fund schools

James Reeman is an airline pilot who spends a lot of time away from home. When he’s gone, he rents his house in Denver’s historic Highland neighborhood to vacationers. He’s registered with the city — per the city’s regulations for short term rentals — and pays sales and lodging taxes. That would end, he said, […]