DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today testified at the Colorado House Education Committee in support of Senate Bill 15, the Colorado ASSET or tuition equity bill.
The ASSET Bill will help enable Colorado high school graduates, regardless of their immigration status, to attend Colorado colleges and universities at an affordable cost. See Mayor Hancock’s prepared remarks below:
“We see Denver as a world-class city where everyone matters. And we believe that means our world-class city must provide its students with the opportunities they need to succeed in a global economy.
“The ASSET bill provides precisely that kind of opportunity.
“Without the use of a single tax payer dollar, this bill will allow us to provide otherwise high performing students the opportunities to further their education and improve their chances of becoming self-sufficient adults.
“Without the use of a single tax payer dollar, this bill will allow qualified students to attend college at near in-state rates, helping Denver and the entire state realize the investment we’ve made in them over the course of their academic career.
“Without the use of a single tax payer dollar, this bill will reduce the cycle of poverty through education and lead to more productive citizens that will make significant economic contributions to our communities.
“Without the use of a single tax payer dollar, this bill will help prevent kids who see no value in or hope for their education from dropping out and going straight to work. This bill provides the right kind of incentives to keep our children on the path to success.
“As Mayor of Denver, I have little direct impact on our schools. And yet, there is not an issue I’ve come across that isn’t predicated on a strong education system. That is why I stand here today and urge you to pass this bill.
“A strong future for Denver, a strong future for cities across this great state, depends on a highly skilled workforce. We know a college education will help these students fulfill their potential and help create a sustainable economy.
“It is our job to help them by providing opportunities to grow and develop as the future leaders of our city.”