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ERIC Number: EJ852313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul-2
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1068-2341
Colorado's Voucher Law: Examining the Claim of Fiscal Neutrality
Welner, Kevin G.
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v12 n31 Jul 2004
Colorado's voucher law was declared unconstitutional by the Colorado Supreme Court on June 28, 2004. Voucher supporters have begun drafting revised legislation designed to address the legal problem. This article calls into question the key financial claim of revenue neutrality--a claim that was central to the promotion and passage of the departing voucher law. The author concludes that the voucher law was not revenue neutral, even though it attempts to exclude from eligibility those children already enrolled in private schools. In fact, this law, as well as any revised law with similar eligibility provisions, would actually cost taxpayers an additional $10 million per year once fully implemented because the eligibility provision provides little more than a short-term damper on the law's long-term fiscal impact. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures and 26 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado