What Jared Polis asked for (and left out) in his budget request

By Alex Burness

THE COLORADO INDEPENDENT

Jared Polis campaigned on bringing universal, full-day kindergarten to Colorado. Two days after being sworn in as governor, he said in his State of the State speech that the initiative would be his top priority this year. And in his first budget proposal, released Tuesday, he laid out a plan to make it happen.

But lawmakers who’ll actually set the budget aren’t sold.

“A budget is fundamentally a statement of values,” Polis told reporters, “and we convey through this budget … the goal of making sure that every child receives a great education, starting with full-day kindergarten.”

He’s previously called for the program to be implemented by this fall and said Tuesday, “It’s about time.”

There doesn’t seem to be much pushback among Democrats at the Capitol regarding the benefit of full-day kindergarten. The question of how to pay for  it — now and in the long term — is what’s stumping them.

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