Since 2010, an influx of nearly 600,000 people to Colorado has increased the demand for public services such as transportation and education. However, the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR) has inhibited our legislators’ ability to fund such public services.
Our K-12 educational programs, in particular, have suffered a great deal from the funding restrictions imposed by TABOR. Since TABOR was enacted, Colorado has fallen from 35th to 49th in the nation in K-12 spending, and the state still owes $830 million to school districts as part of another constitutional requirement. TABOR has resulted in a significant disparity in quality of education both within our state and between Colorado and other states in the nation.
The inflation-plus-population formula that TABOR uses constrains Colorado’s ability to make prudent budget choices because it fails to take into account the usually higher population growth rate of people who require state services and the inflation costs of those services. Consequently, the quality of our public schools is at the mercy of an outdated, ill-conceived state constitutional amendment.
Education is the foundation on which opportunity is built, and it is thus of the highest importance that we ensure each child has equal access to high quality education. In order to do this, we as Coloradans need to be the change.
As Colorado Attorney General, I will work with state lawmakers to analyze and amend TABOR in order to close the statewide gap in quality of education and other services. We have both a legal and ethical obligation to invest in our children, and I look forward to fighting for their rights as the next Attorney General.
John Frank. “TABOR faces renewed, Republican-led effort for an overhaul at 25-year mark”. Denver Post. February 26, 2017.
“Policy Basics: Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR).” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. June 26, 2017.
Hello, and welcome back to my blog!
I recently had the great pleasure of marching in the MLK Day Parade in Denver. It was a cold and snowy day, but my heart was warm at seeing the thousands of Coloradans who had come out to support Dr. King’s Dream. The best part of this experience was being able to share it with my son Richard; it reminded me of the way my parents raised me.
As a child, my family would gather around the dinner table and talk about current events and national issues. My mother was a teacher and heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movements, and I grew up in a union household. When the United Farm Workers Association boycotted grapes and other produce, these products were noticeably absent from our pantry. My parents instilled a strong sense of justice and fairness in me from the time I was young. I grew up in a time of great change and turmoil. Shortly before I became a bar mitzvah, both Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated. These events led me to join my local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, where I would become the first youth representative on the Executive Committee.
I come from a generation who thought we had finally won the battle for Civil Rights. When gay marriage became legal in 2015, we believed that nothing could stop the progress for which we’d worked so hard for 50 years. Sadly, that has changed since Trump was elected. It is astounding to see everything that happened in the last year. The events of Charlottesville have taught us that the problems endemic to our society in the 50s and 60s have not disappeared. The Trump administration has made it safe and acceptable for neo-Nazis and the alt right to come out in the open and challenge the ideals of our democracy.
As Colorado Attorney General, I pledge to fight the hate and racist thinking that is hurting our country. As Dr. King said, “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.” I vow to stand up for the Civil Rights of all Coloradans.
Hi, I’m Brad and I’m running for Colorado Attorney General. This blog is a more personal means for you to get to know me and learn more about what I want to do to help the state of Colorado. This is my first post.
From my earliest years, I have had a strong sense of justice and fairness. I’ve been a member of the Anti-Defamation League since I attended Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado. I have taken these values with me throughout my legal career in working to achieve justice for individuals and families alike.
As you may know, the Attorney General of Colorado does not create or propose legislation. Rather, he or she serves as the state’s lawyer, representing and defending the legal interests of the people of the State of Colorado. In addition to enforcing state laws, the Attorney General is tasked with protecting Coloradans from fraud, defending the environment, providing legal advice and litigation services to several state agencies, and much more. In essence, the Colorado AG runs the largest and most important law firm in the state.
I’ve worked as a lawyer in this great state for over 37 years. I own a small business and understand how to manage attorneys. Most importantly, I’ve defended thousands of clients and fought for them when no one else would. I have also served on the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, and I serve on the board for the Colorado Lawyers Committee. I know that with my experience, I am the most qualified to protect you and your family during this very important time.
Colorado deserves an Attorney General who will advocate for all Coloradans and who will be invested in the law, rather than one who will use the position as a stepping stone to further their political aspirations. It’s time the Attorney General’s office puts the people of Colorado ahead of politics. That is why I want to be your Attorney General. I hope you’ll join me in my campaign to serve and protect Colorado.