August 15, 2013
Gov. John Hickenlooper joined state business, education and community leaders Thursday to commit to creating a better Colorado as the Colorado Commits to Kids Initiative launched its statewide campaign at Green Mountain High School in Jefferson County.
“Every kid deserves a great education, but that education should not depend on their hometown or their background,” Hickenlooper said. “We can provide everything necessary for a Colorado student to succeed except the drive to do so. Drive, as we all know, is up to them."
The Colorado Commits to Kids Initiative is asking voters to fund education reforms with an increase in state income-taxes.
“This is a proposal that keeps Colorado’s tax rate competitive with other states while providing substantial return on investment,” Hickenlooper added. “If we’re successful, it won’t just benefit the students who graduate ready to join the workforce or go on to college, the measure will benefit the entire state by creating a better workforce for new and existing businesses. It’s about creating a better Colorado for future generations.”
Colorado Commits to Kids needed 86,105 signatures to qualify for this fall’s ballot, and turned in more than 160,000 on Aug. 5. The Secretary of State’s Office has 30 days to determine whether Colorado Commits to Kids collected the requisite number of signatures to qualify for the November ballot.