HOW WOULD YOU BUILD A BETTER COLORADO?

Building a Better Colorado wants to address our common challenges in a way that brings people together.

We are a diverse, nonpartisan coalition of Coloradans that have come together with the shared belief that Colorado can do better than the divisive arguments that have come to dominate our political discourse.

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Our Colorado Fiscal Policy pages can make you the smartest person in the room this season. Learn about the Gallagher Amendment, TABOR, or get a primer in the Colorado State Budget!

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Already know about TABOR, The Gallagher Amendment, and Amendment 23? Take some time to answer a few quick questions on our poll series to tell us what YOU think is the best path forward.

We are engaging citizens to create a path to a better Colorado.

Building a Better Colorado” (BBCO) is a non-partisan non-profit effort formed in 2015 by a group of Colorado civic leaders with the shared belief that Colorado can be better, and that the pathway to a better Colorado rests in engaging Coloradans from across the state in an honest conversation about how we can improve public policies for our state and, in so doing, create a brighter future for us all.

BBCO does not advocate for any specific solutions to those challenges. Rather, BBCO engages citizens in a constructive conversation through community meetings and online to understand the facts about our policy choices, and seek consensus ideas for improving our state.

Latest Video – Where do Our Tax Dollars Go?

If you’d like to participate in BBCO’s conversation in your community, please tell us who you are!

All information which you share about yourself will be kept strictly confidential. BBCO won’t share your information with the hosts of your community’s meeting (or anyone else, for that matter) without your explicit permission.

Questions From Coloradans

What are we doing with the Marijuana Money?

Christian R.
Grand Junction, Colorado

Marijuana Revenue in Colorado

Many think we have tons of money and can do anything with it. Right? Not so much. Marijuana-related taxes make up less than 1% of the state’s total revenues, and when we voted to legalize marijuana, we committed most of those funds to be used for enforcement, education and research related to its use.

"What’s MY role in deciding how my tax dollars are spent?"

Randy W..
Alamosa, Colorado

Our Role

YOU have more say in how your tax dollars are spent than you might realize! Much of the decision for how your state tax dollars are spent are driven by constitutional amendments that the voters have passed over the last forty years. And YOU elect the legislators who must follow those constitutional rules.

"Do my taxes help pay for K-12 education?"

Melissa K.
Aurora, Colorado

Education Money

Supporting K-12 education is one of the most important responsibilities of our government, and both your local and state governments share this responsibility. More money is allocated to K-12 education from our state’s General Fund than any other budget category -- almost 40% of the budget. Unfortunately, we’ve significantly reduced funding for K-12 in recent years and we now invest almost $2000 less per student than the national average.

"Why do we even need government?"

Dave F.
Centennial, Colorado

Why do We Need Government?

Government provides essential services that we depend on for our quality of life -- like public safety and basic education -- that the private sector either can’t provide or won’t because there’s no profit-incentive to do so. If government didn’t provide these services for everyone to enjoy, then only those who could afford it would be safe and able to read and write, and our entire society would suffer as a result.

Testimonials From Around Colorado

This was a great opportunity for me … to hear the issues in a way that made a lot more sense and to be educated about them and say what my thoughts were on a common sense solution and then build a consensus around that. So this is truly a grassroots citizen-led effort.

Cristina Oxley

Craig, Colorado

I love that it’s being worked on so carefully to maintain it’s non-partisan aspect and that there’s a broad spectrum of support on both sides.

John Clark

Ridgeway, Colorado

We heard a lot of diverse opinions and by and large 100% of the people said we need to do something – and we didn’t all agree on what it was, but we need to do something because we are not in a good place.

Jan Tanner

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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