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education, Colorado state government employment rose 0.3% in 2010. Growth in the number of
state workers is rebounding with the economy and
is expected to pick up to 1.2% and 1.5% in 2011
and 2012, respectively.
A strengthening economy will boost state tax and
fee revenue, but state government budgets are
expected to remain tight for several years. Weak
income and wage growth will result in soft growth
in state income and sales tax revenues. Furthermore, a number of temporary measures designed
to boost tax revenue during the economic downturn will expire, further restraining tax collections.
Only severance taxes on energy are expected to
increase strongly over the next few years.
Tight budgets will be felt by local governments as
well, putting demands on state programs to assist
school district budgets. Property taxes, the primary revenue source for local governments, are
projected to be slower to recover than income and
sales taxes. Higher Education
The relative strength of Colorado state government
employment has largely been because of solid
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