To understand how Tim Eyman’s I-1033 would undermine public investments and our economic recovery in Washington, look no further than Colorado. Our new report, co-authored with the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute finds that Colorado's TABOR amendment greatly undermined that state's capacity to maintain core public services such as education and health care. Initiative 1033, which will appear on the ballot in Washington State this November, possesses the same fundamental characteristics as TABOR and would have a similar impact on Washington.
Editor's note: This post is the first in a series about TABOR's impact on services and public priorities in Colorado. Future posts in this series will detail TABOR's impact on other crucial services -- including health care and transportation infrastructure. The final post in this series will discuss economic growth in Colorado while TABOR was in effect.
To view the full report click here.
TABOR's Impact on Education and Opportunity
Under TABOR, funding on K-12 and higher education declined substantially, leading to harmful budget cuts throughout the education system. As a result:
- The state fell from 35th to 49th in the nation in spending on K-12 education as a share of personal income.
- Average teacher’s salaries fell from 30th to 50th in the nation compared to pay in other occupations.
- Higher education spending per resident student declined by 31 percent after adjusting for inflation, from $5,188 to $3,564.
The shortfalls created by TABOR adversely impacted Colorado’s education system in numerous other ways. For more information on how TABOR led to steep declines in education funding throughout Colorado, view the entire report by clicking here.