Now that this year’s legislative session is safely behind us, maybe it’s time to talk about the state budget. That, anyway, seems to be the premise behind a video released today by the Bell Policy Center and ProgressNow Colorado.
The six-minute animated video bills itself as a plain-English introduction to Colorado’s budget–where the money comes from and where it goes.
The Old West-style cartoon makes the point that in Colorado’s early days when a road or a school or a prison needed to be built, people got together and figured out how to do it. These days, not so much.
“The purpose of the video is to start a critical conversation about state fiscal policy,” said Wade Buchanan, president of the Bell Policy Center. “The video helps frame that conversation and urges viewers to learn more.”
“The budget is a very complicated subject,” said Kjersten Forseth, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado. “We just want to make it a little easier for people to understand where the money comes from and where it goes so that we can start a discussion. The way things are now, if we don’t do something, the budget seems like an unfixable problem. Starting a conversation could be the beginning of finding a solution,” she said.