The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Print Edition
Letter to the editor submissions
Have a strong opinion about something happening on campus or in Fort Collins? Want to respond to an article written on The Collegian? Write a Letter to the Editor by following the guidelines here.
Follow Us on Twitter
The Importance of Supporting Engineering Education
The Importance of Supporting Engineering Education
February 20, 2024

In today's era of information technology, engineering plays the role of a vanguard, trying to optimize processes and develop new products, making...

Colorado State student government will urge Colorado Assembly to pass Textbook Tax Holiday

Wednesday night, student government pushed for a resolution that would urge the Colorado legislature to create a one-day tax break holiday on textbooks in university bookstores.

“The purpose of this bill is to encourage the legislative assembly of 2013 to address this issue,” said Lindon Belshe, Director of Government Affairs. “By passing this, we are endorsing the legislative action to follow.”


The resolution, which is approximately two paragraphs in length, in shorter than the average resolution to pass through the Senate. The reasoning behind this, Belshe said, is because there is currently no representative in either the state’s House or Senate who is sponsoring this bill and so the details of it are still unknown.

“We originally had a lot of details in our resolution about specifications for this particular holiday,”  Belshe said. “The reason we took those stats out is because we just won’t know the details until later.”

Student senators raised many questions about the path this bill might take.

When Becky Ewing, Director of Ram Ride, asked which representatives were being considered to sponsor on the bill, others in Senate questioned why the legislation would only benefit university bookstores.

“How would this help students more than a tax holiday on all textbooks?” said Sen. Josh Shaugnessy. “If I go to the bookstore, even with this tax break I would still be paying 50 percent more there than I would somewhere else.”

Belshe replied that a tax holiday targeted at all retail stores that carried textbooks would only result in a loss of state revenue, which would hurt students in turn.

“How would this work with students who reserve their textbooks ahead of time?” asked Sen. Caitlain Bricker. “Would they get the tax break?”

Belshe replied that those students would probably still receive the tax break, but that the details would be resolved after the bill was created in the Colorado General Assembly.

“All we are doing is sending a message to the legislature that we are behind this bill,”  Belshe said. “The rest of the details are things that will be discussed when the assembly reconvenes in the spring.”


The resolution was sent to the External Affairs Committee and will be voted on in next Wednesday’s Senate meeting.

ASCSU Beat Reporter Carrie Mobley can be reached at

View Comments (10)
More to Discover

Hey, thanks for visiting!
We’d like to ask you to please disable your ad blocker when looking at our site — advertising revenue directly supports our student journalists and allows us to bring you more content like this.

Comments (10)

When commenting on The Collegian’s website, please be respectful of others and their viewpoints. The Collegian reviews all comments and reserves the right to reject comments from the website. Comments including any of the following will not be accepted. 1. No language attacking a protected group, including slurs or other profane language directed at a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, physical or mental disability, ethnicity or nationality. 2. No factually inaccurate information, including misleading statements or incorrect data. 3. No abusive language or harassment of Collegian writers, editors or other commenters. 4. No threatening language that includes but is not limited to language inciting violence against an individual or group of people. 5. No links.
All The Rocky Mountain Collegian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *