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.
Staff members from the Bell will be traveling around Colorado this week talking about the Bad Three and what they will mean for Colorado. Thanks to the work of our local hosts, these events are open to the public.
Also, the Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable is hosting ballot tour events.
We hope you can attend, and please let others know about these events!
Ballots will hit your mailboxes this week, so we have compiled a list of tools for evaluating the statewide amendments and propositions. We hope they are helpful, and we hope you will share them with others.
We'll start with our ballot guide. It offers a summary of all amendments and propositions on the ballot, the positions of both proponents and opponents and then the Bell's position on each proposal. It's clearer, more complete and more informative than other ballot guides we've seen.
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.