Governor proposes study of Colo. higher education There is the political motive for not buying out Hawkins this year. The "perception among voters" is ALL that matters. Another $3 million buyout could have been the reason this proposed bill would have been defeated. And before you post that it was donor money not tax payer money, of course that would be true, but the energy and time it would take to try and convince the millions of Colorado voters of that would be monumental, so they decided to avoid a backlash from voters, and other politicians, and deal with the backlash from fans and alumni. So not only are we stuck with Hawkins, but most likely there will be a tax increase proposed in Colorado to fund the public university system.