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Rethinking Colorado's Government: Principles and Policies for Fiscal Sustainability

Rethinking Colorado's Government: Principles and Policies for Fiscal Sustainability

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The 2010-11 DU Strategic Issues Panel examined the future of state government. It is clear that state governments across the nation face serious challenges. Falling revenues, service cutbacks, deteriorating infrastructure, struggling schools and personnel layoffs are but some of the woes confronting virtually every state, including Colorado. It is a crisis that questions the viability of states; a topic of fundamental importance that deserves careful study, factually-based perspectives and reasoned discourse. Providing a forum for such thoughtful discussion is the purpose of the strategic issues program.

The central questions before the panel were two: "What principles should guide the role, responsibilities and funding of state governments in the 21st century?" and "How should those principles be applied in Colorado?"
The 2010-11 DU Strategic Issues Panel examined the future of state government. It is clear that state governments across the nation face serious challenges. Falling revenues, service cutbacks, deteriorating infrastructure, struggling schools and personnel layoffs are but some of the woes confronting virtually every state, including Colorado. It is a crisis that questions the viability of states; a topic of fundamental importance that deserves careful study, factually-based perspectives and reasoned discourse. Providing a forum for such thoughtful discussion is the purpose of the strategic issues program.

The central questions before the panel were two: "What principles should guide the role, responsibilities and funding of state governments in the 21st century?" and "How should those principles be applied in Colorado?"

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Published by: University of Denver on Oct 03, 2011
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RETHINKINGCOLORADO’SGOVERNMENT
Principles andPolicies or FiscalSustainability
Report o the
University o DenverStrategic Issues Panelon State Government
 
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Table o Contents
Letter From the Chancellor.........................................................................................................3Overview From the Panel Chair ................................................................................................4Fiscal Fault Lines.........................................................................................................................6
Revenue Volatility..............................................................................................................................................6Expenditure Momentum ..................................................................................................................................7Fiscal Imbalance .................................................................................................................................................8
Principles or Progress ..............................................................................................................11
Reraming Government .................................................................................................................................11Citizen Value .......................................................................................................................................................13Fiscal Sustainability ........................................................................................................................................16Competition and Markets ............................................................................................................................20Program Funding .............................................................................................................................................22
Frameworks or Policy..............................................................................................................26
K-12 Education...................................................................................................................................................26Higher Education .............................................................................................................................................28Transportation ...................................................................................................................................................31Medicaid ..............................................................................................................................................................32PERA .....................................................................................................................................................................33Operational Policies .......................................................................................................................................35
Constitutional Impediments .....................................................................................................37
Amendment 23 ..................................................................................................................................................37TABOR ..................................................................................................................................................................37
Summary o Conclusions and Recommendations .................................................................39Acknowledgments.....................................................................................................................44Panel Members ..........................................................................................................................46
 
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Dear Friends,
All o us are living through a time o enormous cultural, political, and economic change. Many o the immediateissues—recession, sovereign debt, joblessness, government gridlock, economic polarization, declining public schoolsand decaying transportation systems, to name just a ew—are entwined with one another, and proposed solutionson one ront oen seem to exacerbate problems on another. Tere are no simple answers, and this time history doesnot seem to inorm a clear path orward: the solutions o the past seem to be generally ineective in the present. Onesenses that the depth o our problems is such that successul navigation o this time may well entail changes in theoverall
 abric
o our society and its reection in local, state, and ederal governments.Tis year our Strategic Issues Program ocused its work on the many issues acing our Colorado state government,brought on by the broader economic crisis. Rather than attack these issues individually (as many groups havedone), our panel concentrated on broad principles and on the
structure
o government, seeking to dene changesthat would enhance long term scal stability and at the same time be applicable to a variety o policy areas.Consequently, the recommendations made in the report do not oer particular solutions, but rather collectively dene a roadmap or general progress, a oundation upon which those solutions might be built.Te panel assembled or this task represented once again a very broad spectrum o the state’s geography, economics,culture and political opinion. Each o the thoughts and recommendations presented in this report reects aconsensus among the panel members; while there were no votes taken, ideas about which there was signicantdivision are not presented. It is truly remarkable (and rereshing) that when presented with clear inormation,people o such disparate backgrounds and perspectives can agree.Te University is grateul to the members o this Strategic Issues Panel and to Proessor Jim Griesemer, itschairperson, or their diligence and hard work on this project. I hope that you will enjoy reading the report, and thatit will give rise to many more constructive conversations on these important matters.Sincerely,
Letter rom the Chancellor
Robert D. CoombeChancellor, University o Denver

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