Tax measure effort for schools at halfway mark

DENVER — State Sen. Rollie Heath says more than 65,000 signatures have been collected for a ballot proposal that would increase taxes to raise more money for Colorado schools.

The Democratic lawmaker said Thursday that the campaign is halfway toward its goal of gathering 125,000 signatures on petitions. A total of 86,000 signatures from registered voters is needed by Aug. 1 to place the measure on the November ballot.

The secretary of state’s office would have to verify the signatures.

Heath’s proposal would raise about $3 billion over five years for schools by increasing the state income and sales taxes.

The Legislature cut funding for schools and other programs this year to cover a budget shortfall. Heath calls the cuts “devastating and short-sighted.”


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