Aiming for the Middle: Benchmarks for Colorado's Future
This analysis documents how the state compares to other states in funding for vital public services and will estimate what it would cost to bring the state of Colorado to the middle of states in funding for education, higher education, health care and transportation. Aiming for the middle is not necessarily a sufficiently high goal for the state. Many citizens believe settling for average in our public school systems, our universities, our transportation infrastructure and our health care system will not provide the impetus needed to retain our history of strong economic growth, particularly because we are starting so low. Aiming for the Middle merely sets a benchmark for the residents of the state to continue a dialogue on what kind of a future they want for the state. It is one tool to measure where we are in providing public services and hopefully will add to the discussion of where we want to be as a state.
Updated rankings for this report were tabulated in 2009.