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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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In examining the challenges facing Colorado, the panel
found it useful to consider existing policies that have a
signifcant impact on state fnances. Te goal was not to
provide detailed policy recommendations, an infeasible
task given the panel’s comprehensive scope. Instead, panel
members examined several key policy issues through the
prism of principles discussed in this report. Te result is
a series of policy frameworks that illustrate ways in which
those principles may apply to various issues. Te panel
hopes these frameworks might be useful as the legislature
and governor address the challenges facing the state and
prepare Colorado to capture the opportunities of the
twenty-frst century.

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