Proposed Colorado tax-and-debt measures lose badly |

Proposed Colorado tax-and-debt measures lose badly

DENVER, Colorado – Colorado voters have soundly rejected three tax-and-debt ballot measures that analysts warned would’ve spelled economic gloom for the state.

Business and political leaders from both parties raised $6.8 million to defeat Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101. The measures would have cut school district property taxes, banned state borrowing, and reduced the Colorado income tax.

Legislative analysts had warned the measures ultimately would have cost the state $2.1 billion in annual revenue.

Supporters raised only $17,400, hampering their efforts to make the case that the measures would help the economy – and government revenues – by enabling taxpayers to spend more.

Colorado voters reject anti-abortion measure

For the second time, Colorado voters have overwhelmingly rejected an anti-abortion proposal that would have given unborn fetuses human rights in the state constitution.

Voters defeated a similar ballot measure by a nearly 3-to-1 margin in 2008. The initiative defeated Tuesday would have granted constitutional rights at the moment of conception and would have outlawed abortions.

Opponents warned Amendment 62 also would ban fertility treatments and emergency contraception if they harmed fertilized eggs.

Backers argued 21st century DNA experiments make it imperative to give fetuses human rights.

The group Personhood Colorado lost a lawsuit challenging the proposed amendment’s description in a state-sanctioned voter guide. The group said the guide improperly stated the measure could limit access to “treatment for miscarriages.”

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