What Kind of Colorado Do You Want: We Can Decide. Goals for Today’s Presentation. Review the 3 ballot proposals that you will vote on in November Review the impact of the proposals on state and local public services. Describe what to do and where to go for further information on them.
Review the 3 ballot proposals that you will vote on in November
Review the impact of the proposals on state and local public services.
Describe what to do and where to go for further information on them.
Public investments are stretched to the breaking point
Economy and jobs are beginning to recover
We are facing three proposals that will further cut essential community services and threaten fragile economic gains
*Source: Todd Saliman, Director Colorado OSPB, Colorado School Finance Project Advisory Committee, October 1, 2010 ,
** Source: Legislative Council, July 8, 2010 Memorandum and Bell Policy Amendment 61 Preliminary Analysis
Prop 101: Slashes local and state support for public services, in particular transportation and K-12 education
A60: Overturns prior local elections, cuts local support for schools, charges new taxes on many public services
A61: Cripples our economy by restricting common-sense investment in our infrastructure
When fully implemented, cuts state General Fund revenues for schools, colleges and universities, health, human services, corrections and other operating budgets by 23% (legislature will determine how to distribute these cuts).
Cuts state funding for roads and bridges by 27% from current levels. Local funding cuts will vary by jurisdiction.
Cuts general revenues to cities, counties and school districts throughout Colorado by more than $900 million per year.
The state universal services charge used to subsidize low-income access to telecommunications in rural areas will be reduced by $60 million per year
Eliminates the telecommunications relay services charge which raises about $2 million a year to subsidize access to telecommunications for disabled individuals. $250,000 of that is provided to the Reading Services for the Blind Cash Fund
Eliminates $6 million in the first year for various state parks and recreation programs and services.
Eliminates $1.3 million annually for training and certification of law enforcement officials.
Under Prop 101, funding would be cut by 98.6 percent
from 2010 to 2014
2009 Under Prop 101
Denver Public Schools* $22.4 million $317,143
City-County of Denver $12.9 million $182,260
Special districts $2.2 million $31,213
Police-fire pensions: $1.6 million $22,295
Urban flood control $314,798 $4,459
I-70 over Sand Creek
SH 88 over RR, Lakewood Gulch
I-25 over US 85
I-25 over S. Platte
I-70 over US 6
Pecos St. over I-70
I-70 over UP RR
Havana over Cherry Creek
US 6 over S. Platte
US 287 over US 40
US 6 over Bryant St.
US 6 over BNSF RR
SH 2 over BNSF RR
Perry St. over US 6
* Source: Sobanet, Henry, Working Paper on Proposition 101, Amendments 60 and 61, July 8, 2010
** if K-12 education appropriations are held harmless Source COFPI 60, 61, 101 Fact Sheet July 22, 2010
The following line items add up to $347 million:*
*Source: Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, Fact Sheet: Amendment 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 and Healthcare, July 22, 2010
**Amendment 35 Tobacco tax funds designated for health care services and tobacco education
Summary of Statewide Fiscal and Tax Policy Ballot Issues
Ballot ProposalUndecided/Don’t Vote
Amendment 60, cuts property tax 42%
Amendment 61, limits debt 40%
Proposition 101, cuts income, 44%
telecom, and auto taxes/fees
Source: Denver Post, “Colorado voters down on Obama, several statewide ballot issues”, October 4, 2010
Denver Post, Editorial, 2/28/10:“…Prop 101, A60 and A61 might be tempting for some voters. But they would be devastating for Colorado…the handiwork of anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce and others, would effectively cripple government.”
Denver Post, Editorial, 7/7/10
“ Don't be fooled, Colorado. Amendments 60 and 61 and Prop 101 are not smart budget-cutting measures. They're out to cripple Colorado, and should be rejected at the polls
Grand Junction Sentinel, Editorial, 11/24/09:
“…whether through the courts or at the ballot box, these three measures are government-bashing turkeys that deserve to be cut to pieces like a fat Butterball on the holiday table.”
Barry Noreen, Colorado Springs Gazette, 6/20/2010
“Bruce’s Amendment 61 is just plain wacky… Amendment 61 is the latest insane, mean-spirited attack on Coloradans.
“Coloradans must unite against three of the most backward-thinking ballot measures this state has ever seen. Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61 would shut down colleges and prisons, increase class sizes, put thousands of teachers out of work, and prevent the repair of unsafe roads and bridges.”
Former Governor Bill Owens:
“As a fiscal conservative — I oppose Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101”
“All Coloradans — conservatives, moderates and liberals — should vote "no" on these damaging proposals.”
Rep Carole Murray (R) District 45:
“What these issues have done is flesh out where those of us who are pretty conservative would draw the line, and I would say I draw the line at anarchy
Former Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry:
“I don’t support any of the initiatives. ...Those of us who support TABOR want to make clear that those initiatives are just bad public policy.”
2/3 of all republican state legislators have signed a letter opposing all three ballot initiatives
The Candidates for Governor:
Mayor Hickenlooper opposes 60, 61, and 101
Dan Maes opposes 61 and 101 but supports Amendment 60
Tom Tancredo opposes 61 but supports 60 and 101
Organized groups of committed local leaders to educate their communities about these measures and what is at stake locally
Communication about the specific, tangible, local impacts
Coordination of resources using local knowledge and statewide understanding
Exchange of information so any solutions are informed by what is happening on the ground around Colorado
The ability to respond quickly, with comprehensive research and tools to new challenges as they arise
www.Lookingforwardcolorado.com – Looking Forward Collaborative site
www.donthurtcolorado.com – campaign site
www.coloradoreformroundtable.com – Broad based coalition focused on fiscal and constitutional reform
www.leg.state.co.us/ - Legislative Council site accessed here – Bluebook and other memos
www.COtaxreforms.com – Proponents site