Don’t know what Colorado Proposition CC is? This Vail Symposium event could help.
In preparation for the upcoming elections on Nov. 5, a lot of voters feel like a primer on the various state measures on the ballots would be helpful. But with so many different elements that ultimately impact these measures, getting the whole story can be difficult.
Today at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, Vail Symposium and Vail Valley Partnership are bringing together a panel of experts to discuss Colorado Proposition CC, what it could mean for our state constitution and provide background on Tabor and Gallagher in the process.
“Every time Tabor and Gallagher is explained to me, I think I will finally understand it. Each time, I’m wrong and I’m not alone,” said Claire Noble, Vail Symposium programming manager. “This is why we gathered experts on this topic who will not only help us to make sense of the legal framework of taxation and spending in Colorado, but also explain the implications of Colorado Proposition CC, which will be on the ballot this November.”
Colorado Proposition CC, the “Allow State to Retain Excess Revenue for Transportation and Education Measure,” is on the ballot in Colorado as a legislatively referred state statute on Nov. 5. Brown will explain the history and intent of the Gallagher and Tabor amendments to our state constitution and review how they impact our quality of life, both individually and collectively and in both positive and negative ways. Because these are amendments to our state constitution, only the voters — not their elected representatives — can amend them if they ever desire such change.
“State legislators have long struggled to find ways to properly fund education and transportation,” said Chris Romer, president and CEO of Vail Valley Partnership. “I am looking forward to hearing from Reeves [Brown] on how Gallagher and Tabor work, and from [Nicholas] Colglazier and [Luke] Ragland to understand if Proposition CC is the right answer to this long-time funding challenge.”
This will be a facilitated panel discussion. Each panelist will provide a brief introduction and overview, followed by a moderated Q&A with the audience. The audience is encouraged to come prepared with questions.
About the speakers
Reeves Brown is an independent public policy consultant and project coordinator for the Building a Better Colorado project. Brown served on Governor John Hickenlooper’s cabinet as executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs from 2011-15. As director of DOLA, Brown led the department’s 170 employees in providing technical assistance on all aspects of local government administration, housing solutions and property tax administration.
Nicholas Colglazier is the director of the Colorado Competitive Council. As director of the Colorado Competitive Council (C3), Colglazier works to make Colorado one of the best places in the country to do business. Prior to joining C3, Colglazier was the director of public policy and state affairs for Colorado Farm Bureau, where he oversaw its lobbying efforts and covered the rules and regulations that impact agriculture at the state level.
Luke Ragland is the president of ReadyCO. Prior to joining ReadyCO, he served as vice president of policy at Colorado Succeeds, a coalition of business leaders focused on improving the state’s education system. Ragland led the organization’s legislative, judicial and policy strategies. He played a key role in developing and passing policies that increased school choice, protected taxpayer accountability and defended tenure reforms.
Moderator Jon Stavney, as executive director of Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, is a leader passionate about improving local government through sharing information, innovations and best practices. Since being hired in November 2016, Stavney has worked closely with program directors at NWCCOG to develop clear goals and maintain the highest review levels from the state and federal agencies while increasing the visibility of NWCCOG services and of the organization as a whole.