Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Colorado Senate passes education tax check-off

Monday, a bill that would offer Coloradans a new tax check-off for early childhood education passed in the Senate.

Senate Bill 109, creates a new income tax check-off to collect donations for the Public Education Fund, which would be created by the bill. The “Public Education Fund Tax Check-off,” allows Coloradans to support early childhood education by adding a voluntary donation option on Colorado tax returns.

Senate President, Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont), the sponsor of the bill, offered the following comment:

“In a year where we have had to make serious cuts to our budget, no state program, including education, has gone unscathed, but with the passage of SB-109, we are sticking to the pledge to find innovative ways to support the education of our kids. This bill gives Coloradans the opportunity to support schools and is an innovative way to do more for children and their future.”

The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

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