In an altogether sleepy election season, few people outside the education profession have probably spent much time thinking about Proposition 103. It's the only statewide measure on this November's ballot, and even its supporters have kept the campaign pretty low-key.
Colorado media outlets here and there have done pieces on it, but a Google search turns up little interest from the bigger players. With one intriguing exception.
On Sept. 11, Bloomberg News published a fairly long piece about state Sen. Rollie Heath's idea, noting that it's the only state-level tax-increase proposal anywhere, for any reason, on a ballot this fall.
Similarly unusual, the story explains, are the pressures on education funding created by this state's constitutional curtailments of revenue intake and spending. As put by Jane Urschel, deputy executive director of the Colorado Association of School Boards, "No other state suffers this unique situation."
In this week's cover package (starting here), Pamela White writes about some of what's at stake, while Chet Hardin assesses how the campaign funding battle is (or isn't) shaping up.
If you want to see better-funded public education, now's the time to get involved; some opponents are starting to mobilize. On Wednesday, in fact, the meetup.com group "Colorado Conservative Singles 50+" gathered in Greenwood Village to "find out what can be done to defeat this initiative." And surely, they have passion to spare.