Colorado

Apr 19, 2010 1:49 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado tax hike hearing at capitol

The Legislature may ask voters for permission to raise taxes whenever they choose to pay for education.

The proposal is up for its first hearing Monday in the House Education Committee.

It seeks to ask voters this fall if they would give the Legislature approval to raise taxes as needed to pay for preschool through higher education. Since it's a referred measure, it needs the support of two-thirds of lawmakers to pass. That would mean it would have to garner bipartisan support, a long shot in an election year.

Funding for Colorado K-12 schools has been mostly protected through the recession. The legislature has gutted funding for higher ed.

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