During 2011 legislative sessions, most states chose to close severe budget gaps without revenue increases, instead opting for further damaging and deep cuts to critical education, health care, and social service programs. However, now that most sessions have ended, lawmakers, business leaders, and community groups in a number of states appear to be increasingly interested in taking revenue increases to voters as an alternative.
From the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, pursuing justice and economic security for all Coloradans through its project the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, the Health Care Program, the Family Economic Security Program and litigation.
As voter ID legislation continues to be rammed through state legislatures across the country, conservatives are celebrating passage of these bills, intended to suppress turnout among traditionally progressive constituencies, as a victory. However, no one is actually winning – not minority, low-income, and other historically disenfranchised voters who will be disproportionately affected by the new laws, and certainly not already-squeezed state budgets forced to find millions of dollars to make these bills a reality
Yesterday, a Colorado bill that would have allowed undocumented
immigrant students to pay in-state tuition to attend the state's
colleges and universities died in committee on a partisan vote. Despite its failure this year, tuition equity still enjoys strong support from
Colorado's business and educator communities.