School tax campaign heats up

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KKCO) - Upgrades to public schools in Colorado could be right around the corner.

Governor John Hickenlooper is hitting the campaign trail today to promote Initiative 22, or the "Colorado Commits to Kids" campaign. The initiative is a financial commitment to Colorado public schools, and it is asking voters to approve an income tax hike of nearly $1 billion per year to pay for school improvements.

One improvement would be state-wide full-day kindergarten, and if approved the state will also enact an education funding overhaul that includes new accountability tracking.

Supporters of the measure have already turned in signatures to petition the question onto ballots, but they're still awaiting a ruling from the secretary of state on whether they made the ballots this November.

The schools measure would join a marijuana tax question about excise and sales taxes on the newly legal drug.

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