According to a new study, it was found out that the Great Outdoors Colorado which is funded by the Colorado Lottery was able to send grants which helped support 11,800 employment opportunities. The act resulted to a labor income worth $507 million. The grant also helped in protecting recreational open spaces, water as well as land. This motivated a total spending of $392 million for the sporting goods sector in the last ten years. This new finding encouraged residents and businesses to be a part of the Colorado Tax system because of the projects it has helped create and maintain.
Great Outdoors Colorado was established in 1992 by the voters. Ever since, the organization has granted over $917 million of funds coming from the lottery to a total of 4,700 open space program. All in all, a total of 900 miles of trails has been created or restored while there are 1,100 parks developed.
The author of the study, Jennifer Plowden who is the economist of Trust for Public Lands, said that at the end of the day, the decision of Colorado to use the proceeds from the lottery in maintaining the quality of life of everyone in the state is considered to be a very smart act.
She added that the decision is beneficial for the businesses, the communities in both urban and rural areas as well as the overall health and wellbeing of everyone in Colorado.
The study which is composed of 56 pages is planning to be released by conservationists within this week. It is timely with the introduction of the new senate bill with number 66. The bill proposes to make permanent the Colorado Lottery.
Under the constitution of Colorado, lottery is legal but the lottery division is dependent on an authorizing stature which is set to expire in 2024. The bill is supported by various individuals including Republicans, Representative Cole Wist and Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, as well as Democrats, Representative Jeni James Arndt and Senator Leroy Garcia.
Payers of Colorado Tax are happy with the contribution of the lottery which is currently funding GOCO, Colorado Parks and Wildlife as well as Conservation Trust Fund.