One amendment, sponsored by Rep. Kit Roupe, R-Colorado Springs, would have taken $3 million of Colorado’s incentives to movie studios and transferred them to address critical deficiencies in state education and transportation. Another amendment, sponsored by Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio, would have redirected $5.75 million for education and transportation.
Compass Colorado executive director Kelly Maher expressed befuddlement at House Democrats choosing Hollywood over Colorado’s children and infrastructure:
“This is a great opportunity for a statewide discussion about the proper role of government. Prioritizing incentives for movie studios over educational infrastructure and transportation isn't in line with the values on mainstream Coloradans."