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Balancing Act

​Colorado's Budget and the 2018 Election

This November Colorado voters will have the opportunity to vote on more than a dozen statewide ballot questions. Among them are three that will have a major impact on the state budget:

  • Proposition 109 would require the state in 2019 to sell $3.5B in bonds to pay for highway projects but does not include any new revenue to pay them off.
  • Proposition 110 would increase sales tax to fund transportation projects and provide authority to sell up to $6B in bonds.
  • Amendment 73 would increase personal and corporate taxes to provide $1.6B in new funding for education each year.
The Colorado Constitution gives voters the decisive role in making big dollar decisions such as these, which means all of us need a good way to understand both these proposals, but also the rest of the state budget. CU Denver School of Public Affairs has teamed up with Balancing Act, a public budget simulator, to give voters the opportunity to try out these ballot questions and see how they fit with the rest of Colorado's $31B budget.

Give it a try​ and see how your choices this November would impact the budget, and then take a look at the rest of the budget and see what you would increase or decrease.

We'll be updating the simulation over the course of the year to be relevant to different phases of the budget process, such as when the legislature considers the Long Bill (the primary budget bill) in March. 

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