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Board of Governors unanimously votes for education funding

In an effort to keep education affordable, Colorado State University’s Board of Governors unanimously decided to back Proposition CC on Monday, Sept. 9.

The proposition, which will appear on Colorado ballots Nov. 5, aims to allow the state to put extra tax revenue toward education and transportation funding.

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Proposition CC will not raise taxes, but instead amend the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights that is part of Article X in the Colorado Constitution. TABOR places a cap on annual state funding and requires the state to refund taxpayers with any excess revenue each fiscal year, according to the state of Colorado website.

The edit to TABOR would read: “For each fiscal year commencing on or after July 1, 2019, the state is authorized to retain and spend all state revenues in excess of the limitation on state fiscal year spending.” This retained revenue would increase both public and higher education funding, as well as funds for roads, bridges and transit across the state.

CSU’s Board of Governors wrote in their Sept. 9 press release, “The Colorado State University System and its institutions share a unique and important mission to provide an affordable college education to all eligible students throughout this state.”

Despite the oddity of the Board voicing a political opinion, they took little time in coming to this decision, said Board Chair Nancy Tuor.

“It is very unusual for us to do that,” Tuor said. “We are not a political body. Our role is to provide governance to the CSU system in its quest to provide affordable education.” 

Proposition CC’s outcome will not be determined until November, but the Board of Governors considers themselves “on the record” with their support.

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb

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Serena Bettis, Editor in Chief
Serena Bettis is your 2022-23 editor in chief and is in her final year studying journalism and political science. In her three years at The Collegian, Bettis has also been a news reporter, copy editor, news editor and content managing editor, and she occasionally takes photos, too. When Bettis was 5, her family moved from Iowa to a tiny town northwest of Fort Collins called Livermore, Colorado, before eventually moving to Fort Collins proper. When she was 8 years old, her dad enrolled at Colorado State University as a nontraditional student veteran, where he found his life's passion in photojournalism. Although Bettis' own passion for journalism did not stem directly from her dad, his time at CSU and with The Collegian gave her the motivation to bite down on her fear of talking to strangers and find The Collegian newsroom on the second day of classes in 2019. She's never looked back since. Considering that aforementioned fear, Bettis is constantly surprised to be where she is today. However, thanks to the supportive learning environment at The Collegian and inspiring peers, Bettis has not stopped chasing her teenage dream of being a professional journalist. Between working with her section editors, coordinating news stories between Rocky Mountain Student Media departments and coaching new reporters, Bettis gets to live that dream every day. When she's not in the newsroom or almost falling asleep in class, you can find Bettis working in the Durrell Marketplace and Café or outside gazing at the beauty that is our campus (and running inside when bees are nearby). This year, Bettis' goals for The Collegian include continuing its trajectory as a unique alt-weekly newspaper, documenting the institutional memory of the paper to benefit students in years to come and fostering a sense of community and growth both inside the newsroom and through The Collegian's published work. Bettis would like to encourage anyone with story ideas, suggestions, questions, concerns or comments to reach out to her at editor@collegian.com.

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