Tuition increases are also considered taxes

Dear Editor,

Governor Hickenlooper has repeatedly stated that the public is not in the mood for any new taxes. So why does he seem to be going along with significant new increases in a regressive tax called tuition increases?

Last legislative session public education boards, and CEO (including CEO Joe Garcia) “boycotted” the Benefield, Romer, Williams concurrent resolution to help responsibly fund public education (it was an election year).

There is no question Lt. Governor Garcia is qualified to be appointed executive director of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (P-20), but he should not be fully appointed until he, and the Governor, publicly come out in support of something like a non-regressive Amendment 23 for higher (P-20) education during this legislative session (i.e., The 2010 Strategic Planning Process).

Being last, or about last, in the country in state funding, and closing the ethnic achievement gap is a Colorado disgrace — and violates Brown v. Bd. and 2003’s Grutter decision!


George Walker

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