Faith Leaders from across Colorado endorse Amendment 73
FAITH LEADERS FROM ACROSS COLORADO ENDORSE, URGE VOTERS TO SUPPORT AMENDMENT 73
Denver - Colorado faith leaders from diverse religious traditions have come together to endorse Amendment 73, the ballot initiative to help Colorado’s critically underfunded schools.
Faith endorsers of Amendment 73 include the Colorado Council of Churches, Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, Together Colorado, the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, and the National Council of Jewish Women, Colorado.
According to Adrian Miller, executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches, which represents 13 Christian denominations and 850 churches around the state, "It is so vitally important in today's society to have a comprehensive public education system and for this reason we support Amendment 73. The Christian faith tradition calls on us to care for the least of these. Our children, especially those most vulnerable, need our support."
Together Colorado is a faith-based organization engaging over 220 faith leaders and faith communities across the state, working to put human dignity at the center of public life in Colorado. In their letter of support they stated,
“Committed to pursuing the wellbeing of our families and our children, we wholeheartedly endorse Amendment 73.
This amendment to our constitution will provide much needed resources to our public education system, allowing those responsible for that system - our Boards of Education across the state - to provide the best quality education possible for all our children, strengthening our communities and our future.
Our various faith traditions are clear in their call to care for the children in our midst. We are counting on you today to act decisively to further the wellbeing of our children and families in Colorado.”
Colorado has one of the fastest growing economies in the country, yet spends less on education now than it did before the recession. In fact, Colorado invests roughly $2,800 less than the national average on each student—trailing even Mississippi and Alabama.
Not surprisingly, the vast majority of school districts have teacher shortages because Colorado has the least competitive teacher wages in the country. The average teacher salary in rural Colorado is about $38,000, leaving many working 2-3 jobs to support their families.
Amendment 73 would amend the state constitution to establish a graduated tax bracket system for those with taxable income of more than $150,000 per year. 92% of filers would see no increase in their income tax, It would also raise the corporate income tax rate and create the Quality Public Education Fund for schools. Colorado will still have among the lowest corporate tax rates in the nation.
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