4/3/09

School Finance Transparency Act

The School Finance Transparency Act, SB57, was killed by the House Education Committee on March 19. It was postponed indefinitely by a party line vote. Here is the roll call, showing how much money each legislator has taken from education-related lobbies:

House Ed Committee Education Contributor Connection Amount
*data compiled by COST - Cost Spending Transparency

The vote was down party lines with all democrats voting against school transparency.

Randy Baumgardner (R) Voted YES
none listed n/a

Debbie Benefield (D) Voted NO
JEFFERSON COUNTY EDUCATION ASSOC $4,450
COLORADO EDUCATION ASSOC $2,525
TOTAL $6,975

Tom Massey (R) Voted YES
COLORADO EDUCATION ASSOC $500
TOTAL $500

Michael Merrifield (D) Voted NO
COLORADO EDUCATION ASSOC $4,250
PUBLIC EDUCATORS ADVOCATING FOR KIDS $500
COLORADO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS $500
TOTAL $5,250

Karen Middleton (D) Voted NO
COLORADO EDUCATION ASSOC $2,125
COLORADO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS $1,000
TOTAL $3,125

Carole Murray (R) Voted YES

Cherylin Peniston (D) Voted NO
COLORADO EDUCATION ASSOC $4,250
BOULDER VALLEY EDUCATION ASSOC $500
TOTAL $4,750

Kevin Priola Voted YES
none listed n/a

Christine Scanlan (D) Voted NO...she's telling constituents she voted yes (tsk tsk)
COLORADO EDUCATION ASSOC $4,250
COLORADO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS $750
TOTAL $5,000

Sue Schafer (D) Voted NO
JEFFERSON COUNTY EDUCATION ASSOC $4,250
COLORADO EDUCATION ASSOC $1,000
COLORADO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS $500
TOTAL $5,750

Judy Solano (D) Voted NO
COLORADO EDUCATION ASSOC $4,250
COLORADO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS $1,500
TOTAL $5,750

Ken Summers (R) Voted YES
none listed n/a

Nancy Todd (D) Voted NO
COLORADO EDUCATION ASSOC $4,650
TOTAL $4,650

(Thanks to Anarch, one of Face the State's commenters)

SB57 is the one that would require school districts to put their checkbooks on line, so that taxpayers could search through the expenditures to see just what the district was doing with their money.

Naturally, the Democrats don't want us to see what they are doing with the money. It might interfere with those intimate little lunches on our dime.

You can examine SB57 for yourself. The document is in PDF format:

Public school financial transparency