Ballots are in the mail and we’ll be reviewing ballot issues in as many municipalities as possible. Please leave comments below if you’d like to make recommendations on your local issues based on our principles of personal liberty, free markets and limited government.
Statewide, there are 2 Propositions being considered. Our recommendations are below.
Proposition CC: This will allow the state to retain tax refunds under the TABOR amendment indefinitely. More info HERE.
The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado emphatically recommends a NO vote for several reasons:
- The TABOR timeout is permanent. This will effectively eliminate the only tool the people of Colorado have to restrain the growth of government.
- The proposition states that the excess revenue will be spent on roads and education, but these priorities can be changed over time at the whim of the state legislature.
- The argument that TABOR hamstrings the government from expanding services is disingenuous. TABOR only specifies that in order to raise taxes, the government needs to make a convincing case and put it to a vote of the people of Colorado.
Proposition DD: This will allow sports betting at casinos in Colorado. Wagers will be taxed at 10%, with tax proceeds going to fund the Water Plan Implementation Cash Fund. More info HERE.
The RLCCO takes no position on this ballot issue, due to conflicting principles. On the one hand, we support sports betting on the grounds of personal freedom/personal responsibility. On the other hand, we are opposed to the expansion of government that would ensue in order to collect and distribute the proceeds of this initiative. It also limits sports betting to casinos and creates a fund that would protect those businesses in the event of losses.