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Vail Daily’s View: Small-gov’t fans oppose 60, 61, 101

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO, Colorado

Don’t listen to us.

It’s campaign season, the time of year when it’s easy to tune out arguments for and against candidates and ballot issues. In the face of the overheated rhetoric, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to have a solid feeling about any one candidate or issue.

The same is true about this year’s main ballot issues, Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101. A lot of money is being spent to tell us how awful these tax-cutting measures are, and every agency that depends on taxpayers for revenue is doing everything legally possible to defeat them.

We don’t want you to listen to the governments about these issues. The numbers they’re using about the consequences to government services if these measure pass are scary and, frankly, smack of scare tactics.

But whether you choose to listen to local governments, or even this newspaper’s opinion on 60, 61 and 101, we would like you to be aware of some of the organizations that are contributing to the “Vote No” campaign.

Some of the most telling, in our eyes, are Club 20, the Colorado Association of Homebuilders and the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry.

While amendment backers may point to some opponents as tools of government, these groups are a little different.

Anyone who’s spent any time on the Western Slope knows Club 20 is no friend of big government. This is a group that favors more oil and gas exploration, among other things, and opposes, among other things, the state’s Amendment 23, which mandates annual increased funding for schools. Neither of these positions strike us as being in the pocket of Big Government.

The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry’s name says about all you need to know. When the Colorado Legislature was working on a version of health care reform a few years ago, the group sent out crews to explain the potential negative impacts of the various bills and told members how to fight the plans.

These are not the actions of a group in thrall to government spending.

The state’s homebuilders are worried, too, and members of that organization, by and large, aren’t recipients of government contracts.

Sure, unions, bond dealers and local governments oppose what our sister paper, The Greeley Tribune, calls the “Ugly Three.” Of course they do.

But there are plenty of people and groups with long records of supporting smaller government who think these ballot issues are colossally bad ideas.

We hope you’ll listen to them this fall.

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