The resounding defeat of the fiscally destructive ballot measures, Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, is the latest, but not final, round in a critically important debate about Colorado's future.
Profound budget issues remain, as further cuts in critical services such as health care, education and transportation loom with a projected $1.1 billion state deficit in 2011.
Colorado voters may be angry, but they aren't crazy.
On Tuesday, Coloradans loudly rejected one vision for our future – the vision of an ineffectual public sector starved for resources peddled by Douglas Bruce and other proponents of Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.
We've written frequently about "The Bad Three" – Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101.
But don't forget about the The Other Bad Three on this year's ballot – Amendments 62, 63 and Proposition 102. These measures also are confusing and conflicting, narrow and partisan and deceptive and cynical. Amendment 62, the "personhood" amendment, would amend the state constitution to extend rights "to every human being from the beginning of biological development."
Proposition 102, a ballot initiative designed to limit pretrial services programs for defendants, will come before Colorado voters on Nov. 2.
If passed, many low-income defendants will be denied release on an unsecured bond, leaving them with no option besides awaiting trial in jail. This would unnecessarily drive up costs and crowd local jails with defendants -- many of whom will not even be sentenced to jail if convicted.
Rich Jones, director of policy and research at the Bell, and Senior Policy Analyst Frank Waterous offered testimony today on three bills important to the Bell.
Jones testified on two bills that concern Colorado's most important legal document – our state constitution. One bill would ask voters to create a constitutional review commission, and the other would ask voters to reform the process by which citizens initiate constitutional amendments.