Vail Daily’s View: Ugly 3 too extreme for Colorado
Vail, CO, Colorado
Editor’s note: Following is an editorial from the Vail Daily’s sister paper, the Greeley
Bill Jerke, a former state legislator and county commissioner in Weld County, is a well-known anti-tax conservative Republican. He’ll look you square in the eye and firmly tell you he supported TABOR, and he still does.
He’ll tell you he opposed referendums C and D, which tried to reverse parts of TABOR and bring increased tax revenues to state government. He still opposes both.
And he’ll also tell you that this year’s tax-cutting amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101, are a disaster. We hope voters are listening to Bill Jerke when they cast their ballots in October and November.
It’s a little unusual for us to offer our opinion on state ballot issues this early in the election season. But we’ve heard and read enough. We believe the three amendments on this fall’s election ballot will kill economic growth in Colorado, cripple services provided by state and local government, and doom education funding at a time when it already is dismally low.
We don’t have the space here to spell out everything that’s wrong with the Ugly 3, as some are calling them. But it’s interesting to us that some of the most conservative Republicans in Colorado are opposing the measures.
In far-reaching and multiple ways, 60, 61 and 101 attempt to cut taxes in Colorado. That sounds good on the surface.
Even when you drill down to the details, there are elements of the Ugly 3 that are tempting.
For example, 101 requires that vehicle registration, license and title change fees may be no more than a combined $10 annually per vehicle.
The Ugly 3 also cut state income tax by one-fourth and school taxes in half.
We’ll admit that taxes seem too high. We’re on the side of smaller government and lower taxes.
But 60, 61 and 101 go way too far.
The total budget deficit for various government organizations would be between $4.2 billion and $6.2 billion, according to various estimates. Public- and private-sector job losses are estimated at 70,000 directly and many thousands more indirectly.
K-12 funding would be cut in half and an estimated 8,000 teachers could be laid off.
Studies have suggested that the measures would eliminate nearly all public support of higher education. Some community colleges likely would close.
There are many other reasons to be concerned about 60, 61 and 101. We encourage voters to research them.
We think you’ll agree with one of Weld’s most conservative anti-tax proponents and cast “no” votes on all three.