Metro State takes stance on November ballot issues
Posted: September 4, 2008
Denver – On Sept 3, at its first meeting in the 2008-2009 academic year, the Metropolitan State College of Denver Board of Trustees took a position on a number of items expected to appear on the November ballot.
The Board voted unanimously to oppose Amendment 46, which would prohibit state entities from considering race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in employment, public education and business contracts. Representing the most diverse College in the state, Board member Mark Martinez said, “Given the unique mission and nature of Metro State and the role it plays in this community, it’s important that we come out against Amendment 46.”
Amendment 50 was also supported by the Board. It would allow the local gaming communities of Black Hawk, Cripple Creek and Central City, to vote on expanding their gaming offerings. Any increases in revenues from the changes would flow 78 percent to the Community College system and 22 percent back to local communities.
Amendment 58 received a unanimous vote of support from the Board. Also known as the Scholarship Fund proposal, it would end property-tax exemptions for the oil and gas industry and direct 60 percent of new revenues to the proposed Colorado Promise Scholarship Fund.
Support for the Scholarship Fund is monumental for Metro State as it enrolls the students who will benefit from the scholarships the most. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color and low-income students of all four-year colleges in the state.
The board also voted to support Amendment 59, known as the Savings Account for Education (SAFE) proposal. The amendment would overhaul conflicting fiscal provisions in the state’s constitution by lifting some of the spending restrictions of the 1992 Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and repealing Amendment 23’s mandated spending on Pre-K through 12 education. Metro State President Stephen Jordan said, “I believe, in the long term, this proposal, of all those (on the table), has the greatest possibility of providing longer-term sustainable funding for higher education.”
Contact: Cathy Lucas at 303-556-5131
Metro State is a fully accredited, four-year institution, serving more than 21,000 students. It has the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Colorado and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Metro State enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 62,000 alumni, 90 percent of whom stay in Colorado after graduation. Visit Metro State at www.mscd.edu.