The COVID-19 public health crisis has created the largest budgetary shortfall in Colorado history, forcing state legislators to make some devastating decisions – including potentially cutting $3.3 billion in state funding for education, health care and other critical public services.
Addressing such urgent and growing concerns, a diverse coalition of 135 organizations is encouraging state legislators and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis to apply a three-pronged approach to mitigate some of the state’s most pressing public health, economic and budgeting woes.
Led by Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) and Colorado Fiscal Institute (CFI), the coalition is urging members of the Joint Budget Committee to consider passing temporary emergency tax measures under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) and take other measures to reduce the scale of cuts and forge a more equitable path forward for children, Colorado’s rural areas, elder citizens, people with disabilities and communities of color particularly hurt by the ongoing crisis.
Colorado citizens concerned about the ramifications of potential budget cuts who support the coalition’s three-pronged approach are encouraged to contact members of Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee and reach out to their local representatives in the Colorado Legislature.
As lawmakers considered deep budgetary cuts triggered by the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, CCLP published a 10-page analysis showing how the proposed cuts would have an adverse effect on health care access — particularly in rural parts of the state.
Learn more about the #RecoverCO effort in this letter to legislators and Gov. Jared Polis, co-signed by 135 Colorado organizations.
On May 18, we issued a news release announcing the campaign and calling for Colorado’s General Assembly to take action to reduce the scale of cuts and forge a more equitable path forward for children, rural areas, elder citizens, people with disabilities and communities of color hurt by the ongoing crisis.
On May 22, we issued an action alert, asking Coloradans to contact legislators and encourage them to adopt a plan to help the state recover.
View and share this video, developed by our partners and co-signers from the Colorado Children’s Campaign which explains what legislators must do and why they must do it.
Six organizations made a powerful case for why lawmakers need to consider the #RecoverCO proposal during a May 18 Zoom press conference.
Those who support the campaign are encouraged to open this social media toolkit to share Facebook and Twitter postings and info-graphics.
We also developed some Q&A talking points to address frequently asked questions regarding the #RecoverCO effort.
May 24, 2020, The Colorado Sun op-ed, Colorado needs emergency tax reform to avoid irreparable harm
May 20, 2020, Colorado Politics op-ed, Legislature must adopt emergency tax measure
May 19, 2020, Public News Service, CO Groups Urge Action to Avoid Drastic State Budget Cuts
May 19, 2020, Route Fifty, Colorado Groups Push for Tax Hike on Higher Earners to Help With Budget Shortfall
May 18, 2020, Colorado Public Radio, Would an emergency tax measure work in Colorado?
May 18, 2020, Colorado Politics, 135 groups urge lawmakers to consider a three-pronged plan
May 17, 2020, Summit Daily op-ed, 1918 to 2020, what have we learned?
Contact Bob Mook, CCLP’s Communications Director at [email protected] for questions not addressed in these resources. For media inquiries about the campaign, contact Elliot Goldbaum, CFI’s Director of Strategic Communications at [email protected]