Colo. gov signs school funding overhaul

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Big changes could be coming to public schools in Colorado, assuming Colorado voters want to raise the income tax to pay for them.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the overhaul into law on Tuesday. The changes aim to reverse years of underfunded schools and pay for statewide full-day kindergarten.

But the changes come with a big question mark. They take effect only if Colorado voters approve about $1 billion a year in higher income taxes.

The tax question will be petitioned onto ballots by advocacy groups, so it's too soon to say what exactly the proposed tax would be. Hickenlooper has said he'll push for the higher tax because schools need the upgrades. But he declined to say Tuesday which exact measure he preferred.

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