DENVER - Colorado voters are closer to being asked if they want to raise income taxes nearly $1 billion a year to pay for public school upgrades.
A coalition of groups supporting the school finance overhaul plan to drop off signatures Monday to petition the tax question onto November ballots. The groups say they will have more than enough signatures to put the question to voters.
The income tax hike would be spent to overhaul how Colorado funds public schools. The additional money would be spent on statewide full-day kindergarten, expanded access to free preschool and other upgrades.
Opponents say the tax hike is too big and that the schools overhaul doesn't make the right kinds of changes to improve schools. The opposition campaign also launches Monday.