GLENWOOD SPRINGS – If the economic downturn of the past couple of years was unplanned, then the trio of tax- and debt-limiting ballot initiatives that are on the Nov. 2 ballot in Colorado would amount to a "voter-approved recession."
That's according to an assessment of Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 by Rich Jones, director of policy and research for the Denver-based, non-partisan Bell Policy Center.
No doubt, there's bad blood between Republicans and Democrats in Colorado. But many opposing leaders have linked arms to combat what they call potentially devastating ballot measures that will cost the state jobs and eviscerate services.
Advanced by local anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce and his cohorts, Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 have prompted officials to send up flares about how much money governments would lose, and how education, public safety, transportation and capital projects would be gutted.
Possible negative impacts of three upcoming ballot initiatives on educational institutions were discussed at Monday's meeting of the local educational consortium called Consortium of Positive Educators (COPE).
In attendance at Monday's meeting were representatives from Trinidad School District No. 1, TSJC, the South Central Council of Government's Children Program and Primero School District R2. Trinidad and Primero's district boards have already passed resolutions.