Politicians of all stripes agree: Vote no on the Ugly 3
October 15, 2010
Republicans and Democrats all agreed. When was the last time anyone read a statement like that? And yet that’s exactly what happened at a meeting last month at the Granby Library.
The subject? Amendments 60 , 61, and Proposition 101.
The people debating? Two Republican candidates and two Democratic candidates for Grand County commissioner. This bipartisan group was debating the issues. When Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 were brought up, the candidates enthusiastically gave their point of view.
Their bipartisan unanimous verdict? “No” on all three. Emphatically “no” on the “Ugly Three,” 60, 61 and 101.
Each candidate was well-informed. All three ballot initiatives would be devastating for the state of Colorado, they said. They were not “fear-mongering,” but fact-mongering. And the facts bear them out.
For instance, more than 73,000 jobs would be lost in the state as a direct result of these three ballot initiatives. Thousands more jobs would be lost in the domino effect. Is this really a time to be cutting jobs?
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Some salesmen for the “Ugly Three” initiatives come on with talk about supposed savings. But how vast are the losses?
Start by comparing the savings with the losses for vehicle registration fees. The savings per citizen would be about 17 cents per day. That’s it. Not enough to buy a pack of gum. But the losses? We would lose emergency medical services, road maintenance, bridge maintenance, public school district funding and more. Colorado would lose about $2 billion per year with this proposition. That’s “billion” with a “b.” And that’s just for Proposition 101.
There isn’t room here to go into all the losses from Amendments 60 and 61. In short, they involve gutting all Colorado infrastructure (A-61) and even imposing new taxes (A-60).
The total loss? $6.3 billion every year would be ripped from state and local government in Colorado. Kids would suffer. School teachers, athletic programs, construction jobs, firefighters, police, health care, Medicare, Medicaid, roads, bridges, water and sewer services would all be lost or gutted.
I happen to appreciate jobs and services basic to civilization. Can we really afford a “Lord of the Flies” kind of life in Colorado?
In the public debate last month, Republicans and Democrats all agreed. The bipartisan answer is “no!” Vote “no” on 60, 61 and 101 on Nov. 2. And Save Colorado.