Use marijuana tax money to fund statewide education
I'm curious as to how the State of Colorado reconciles recent school funding cuts with the also-recent increase in revenues from the legalization of marijuana.
According to a recent CBS news story, the state received over $2 million in marijuana tax revenues in January 2014 alone. Around $195,000 of that is earmarked for public school construction and while I understand that the wheels of government grind slowly and with a great deal of confusion does it not seem logical that if our schools can't operate at all, there's no need for more buildings?
I make no claim to be a politician, so perhaps I take too simplistic a view of how to run a state, but if we've got new money rolling in at the rate of $2 million a month, can't we figure out a way to put that where it's needed? Can't we fund the one area that will help us move forward, address and repair the ills of our state? Can't we put weed wages to work for education in Colorado without a great deal of dithering and infighting?
John P. White