Sandra Fish

Sandra Fish is a veteran Colorado journalist who specializes in analytical and innovative campaign finance, political news, data analysis. She has taught the Principles of Journalism lecture course at the University of Colorado incorporating multimedia and data knowledge in all these courses and developed an Entrepreneurial Media class and the CU News Corps.

Recent Stories

Despite Massive Campaign Spending, Education Amendment Loses Big

Funding for Amendment 66 in 2013 Election

Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected an income tax hike to pay for K-12 schools Tuesday, despite a campaign that spent more than $10 million to persuade voters. But voters did agree to levy hefty excise and sales taxes on legal marijuana – and up to $40 million of that money will go to pay for K-12 school construction projects. Proposition AA passed with about 65 percent of the vote. More than 65 percent of voters opposed Amendment 66, which  would have raised about $1 billion a year for public schools through a two-tiered income tax hike. That compares with a 64 percent rejection of Proposition 103, a 2011 proposal to temporarily raise income taxes for K-12. The measure was supported by Gov. John Hickenlooper and had many other endorsements. Continue Reading →

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Big bucks flowing into ballot measure that would revise, increase K-12 school funding

By Sandra Fish
I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS

Teachers unions and several wealthy Coloradans are spending millions to convince voters to agree to almost $1 billion annually in higher income taxes devoted to public schools. But they face an uphill battle with an electorate that rarely agrees to increase taxes. And opponents of the measure say they’d like to spend at least $1 million in the fight, though the sources of that money likely won’t be revealed. Amendment 66 would raise the state income tax rate from 4.63 percent to 5 percent on the first $75,000 of taxable income and to 5.9 percent on taxable income beyond $75,000. It would be the first tiered income tax since a single tax rate was adopted in 1988. Continue Reading →

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