Colorado ballot proposal would raise more money for schools |

Colorado ballot proposal would raise more money for schools

DENVER (AP) – A Democratic lawmaker wants voters to give the Legislature permission to raise taxes to pay for schools.

Rep. Debbie Benefield made the announcement Wednesday surrounded by lawmakers and parents upset about education cuts. She needs to get the support of two-thirds of lawmakers in order to put the question to voters. That means she’ll need votes from both Democrats and Republicans, an uphill battle in an election year.

Lawmakers can’t increase taxes without asking voters first. Benefield’s proposal would make an open-ended exception just for tax increases that would fund schools.

If the measure made it to the ballot and voters backed it, it would be too late to reverse the approximately $250 million that has been cut this year and is slated to be cut next year.

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