Colorado could find itself permanently recast as a state where universities charge higher tuition while providing extra aid to low- and middle-income students if a bipartisan team of state senators gets its way.
If Gov. Bill Ritter gets his, schools will have just a few years to raise tuition before that power is revoked as the recession recedes.
The fundamental difference is emerging as the biggest among a number of sticking points on a bill that all sides say is crucial to saving the public higher-education system in light of looming budget cuts. Senate Bill 3 gets its first hearing today.