A group of determined backers of rural Colorado worked together across party lines to pass Colorado Senate Bill 17-267, and Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill into law at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday in Fowler.

A group of determined backers of rural Colorado worked together across party lines to pass Colorado Senate Bill 17-267, and Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill into law at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday in Fowler. Why Fowler? “You can’t get more rural than Fowler,” said Crowder. Crowder was a leader of the people who shepherded the bill through the legislature, along with Senators Lucia Guzman and Jerry Sonnenberg, plus Representatives Jon Becker and KC Becker. “I feel it is the best bill I have ever backed,” he said.

The bill is called “Sustainability of Rural Colorado.” It creates the Colorado Healthcare Affordability and Sustainability Enterprise, whose revenue does not count against the state fiscal year spending cap. Also, other measures are included enabling funds to be used for schools and transportation which otherwise would have gone to TABOR refunds.

More information on the bill may be found on the website of Colorado Fiscal Institute, including an explanation of just how this financial bill has freed the state to use the funds desperately needed to sustain medical care, schools and transportation in rural Colorado. Part of the educational funds come from taxes on recreational marijuana.