Archive for November, 2013
Comments from our good friend Jon Caldera. Note that they spent 10 million to try and pass bad law:
We at Independence have led an educational effort to warn the families of Colorado of the danger of 66. As you know, the proponents of this 27% income tax increase raised a mind-boggling $10 million to sell it to voters. At least $4 million came from the education unions, and a million each from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates. By the way, $10 million would be enough to give 2,000 Colorado students a $5,000 scholarship to a school of their family’s choice.
Win or lose, I want to thank first and foremost those of you who invested in the Independence Institute, and our “Kids are First” educational project. Without that investment, we simply would not have been able to counter the false narrative that the only way to “reform” education is to put more of your money into a broken system.
So many organizations worked on a shoestring budget to advocate a “no” vote, including the feisty Coloradans for Real Education Reform, and Kids Before Unions.
Countless individuals stood up to take leadership. I can name but a few right now – Senator Bob Hagedorn, Senator Norma Anderson, Leslie White and the crew at AFP, Ken Clark, Molly Vogt, Laura Boggs, Kelly Maher, Michelle Lyng, Cherish Schaffer, John Brackney, Ben DeGrow, Jonathan Lockwood and so many more that are slipping my mind. I apologize for those I’m blanking out on – my Alzheimer’s and whiskey are making me forget. All I know is we couldn’t have done it without an amazing coalition of partners.
And a special shout out to the entirety of the Republican State Legislators who stood in unison in opposition to 66 and with Colorado families.
Now can we start the conversation of how to reform education without raising taxes?