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Proposition CC is tempting but comes up short

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:38 pm

Our View: A Colorado Community Media editorial

It’s a very intriguing proposition.

Vote to forgo a relatively small tax refund and allow the state to spend that money on much-needed programs for K-12 education, higher education and transportation in Colorado.

Conceivably, forever. It’s primarily the permanency of Proposition CC — along with a few other concerns — that has us recommending you vote "no" on this measure.

Voters should defend their TABOR refunds

GUEST COLUMN: Voters should defend their TABOR refunds
Thomas Aiello Oct 5, 2019

Last year, Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected last year's ballot
measure that amounted to a multibillion-dollar tax increase on families and
businesses. But taxpayers beware: pro-tax activists are back on the ballot
again this November with a measure to weaken Colorado's historic Taxpayer
Bill of Rights, so that they can more easily pass tax increases in the
future.

This year's ballot measure is Proposition CC, which would alter TABOR in a

Politicians mismanage funds; don't reward them with more

The political class can never get enough of the private sector's money. That is why politicians are trying to con voters into passing Proposition CC in November.

Do not give politicians a blank check. They have proven unable to manage what they already have.

Caldara: Prop CC a forever end to tax refunds; that’s a really long time

Well, doesn’t the state need that excess revenue? Even the TABOR-loathing Denver Post Editorial Board admits, “we are no longer convinced that the state needs more revenue for the general fund. The state’s economy is booming and thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, revenue from state income tax filings has spiked in Colorado … It’ll be tough to argue that the state is hard-pressed for cash, or that it is crippled by TABOR, a year after historic investments were made in K-12 education, roads and higher education.”

The Denver Post comes out against Proposition CC

The Denver Post Editorial Board published an editorial Friday recommending voting against Proposition CC, the 2019 ballot issue that would forever “de-TABOR” the overcollection of taxes by the State, allowing the Legislature to permanently keep and use retained tax revenues that would otherwise be refunded to taxpayers.

Yes on CC campaign launches with big money coming in from out of state

Because Proposition CC — which would permanently allow the state to keep all revenue collected above the current limitations in Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR)  — isn’t a constitutional amendment, if it’s successful, the state legislature can change the parameters of how it’s enforced after the first year.

Centennial Institute 2019 Ballot Guide

Colorado voters will be asked to vote on two statewide ballot initiatives this fall. We recommend voting NO on both Proposition CC and Proposition DD. 

Denver Post Editorial Board Admission

Even the TABOR-loathing Denver Post Editorial Board admitted this summer,

"We are no longer convinced that the state needs more revenue for
the general fund. The state's economy is booming and thanks to the Tax Cuts
and Jobs Act, revenue from state income tax filings has spiked in Colorado .
It'll be tough to argue that the state is hard-pressed for cash, or that it
is crippled by TABOR, a year after historic investments were made in K-12
education, roads and higher education.'"

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