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Accessing Denver’s Proposed Tax for Higher Education Scholarships


Denver’s City Council recently approved (by a vote of 8-4) a referred measure to be voted on by Denver citizens on November 3:The Denver College Affordability Fund. The proposal is to raise the city sales tax by 0.08 percent, less than a penny on a $10 purchase, for 10 years. This would raise about $11 million annually for scholarships. The program would be income capped, and aimed at students who have lived in Denver for more than 3 years, are under 25 years of age, and plan to attend college in Colorado. The money would be managed by a city-funded nonprofit board and much of the funding would go to existing organizations that support scholarships. As with any such plans, there are many details about how to raise the tax funds, which individuals and organizations to support, as well as other impacts.


Please join us on Tuesday, September 15 for this meeting of the joint group of emerging policy savvy teachers and education policy leaders. This is a great chance to connect with like-minded colleagues and learn about opportunities to get more involved. Our expert panel will discuss the pros and cons of this ballot measure, and put it into a broader national context.


When: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

                4:30-6:00 p.m.

Where: Terrace Room (Second Floor)
1380 Lawrence Street

                Denver, CO 80204


Light refreshments will be served to encourage networking before the panel.

Time will be reserved for audience questions as well.


The program is free, but space is limited!  Please RSVP HERE.

Panelists:  Seth Belzley, Corporate and Energy Lawyer, Hogan Lovells
    Mary Beth Susman, Denver City Council, District 5

     Dustin Weeden, Policy Specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)


Moderator:  Paul Teske, Dean, School of Public Affairs & Director, Buechner Institute for Governance, CU Denver