Tancredo wants tax debate with Gov. Hickenlooper

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo wants to debate Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper over a proposal on the November ballot to increase income taxes by nearly a billion for school funding.

Tancredo said in a statement Monday that he was challenging Hickenlooper to a debate, or serious of debates. The additional tax revenue would be used to fund a new system of financing for public schools.

Tancredo, a former congressman, says he doesn’t believe the additional funds will improve the quality of schools in the state.

Hickenlooper’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tancredo’s challenge. Hickenlooper has said he will support the tax increase.

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