Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 create an unprecedented $4.2 billion deficit at the state and local level, displacing 73,000 jobs, terminating over 8,000 classroom teachers, and dramatically increasing fees and licenses on small business. This will happen,on top of the 110,000 jobs already lost in Colorado in the last 18 months of the recession. In fact, these measures will trigger a voter-approved second recession.
Authored by a radical and narrow group of anti-government activists, their measures eliminate a quarter of the income tax, half the public school tax, and all of the road and bridge funds generated from car license plates. They even eliminate the fees and taxes used to provide local phone and Internet service to rural Colorado.
These measures simply go too far. They require payment in advance on the state’s largest infrastructure needs-dams, water and sanitation projects, power generators, airports, bridges and highways, public schools and colleges. Taxpayers in a single year would be required to pay the entire cost of a road or dam that will be around for decades-while future users of these benefits pay nothing.
Colorado simply cannot provide services to its population, nor attract employers to the state that will put our people back to work, if we adopt this risky, undocumented plan to permanently cut back or eliminate the taxes and fees that fix our roads, run our schools, and staff our prisons.
I urge all Lyons area voters to inform their friends, neighbors, and colleagues as to the disastrous effects these measures will have on Colorado’s economic recovery. Vote NO on 60, 61 and 101.
John E. O’Brien