Which is the most important result of Tuesday’s election?
A. A Republican governor won a landslide election in a blue state.
B. A Democrat was elected governor in a purple state during intense criticism of a new federal government program.
C. An outspoken liberal Democrat was elected mayor in a big city — where opposition parties had been in power for 20 years.
D. An education funding amendment lost in a mountain state.
If you said D, you’re correct.
On Tuesday, Amendment 66 was defeated in Colorado, with preliminary results suggesting a drubbing of two-to-one opposed. It would have improved education funding with slight tax increases and changed Colorado’s flat tax to a two-tiered, progressive structure.
The goal was a major overhaul of education finance, with reduced disparities at the local level and increased spending — including funding for early childhood programs, rural education and at-risk youth programs
Millions of dollars poured into the state to support the amendment. High-profile backing came from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Melinda Gates. But the more than $10 million spent in support of the amendment wasn’t enough to convince skeptical voters.