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Neilson: Preserve your Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, vote NO on Prop CC

A campaign built on deceit does not deserve your support. Don’t be duped by deceitful ballot language in Proposition CC.

Consider the facts: Prop CC is a tax increase, an enormous tax increase.  With a $32.5 billion budget, how about asking government to spend more efficiently and effectively? State government consistently shifts funds among programs and has raised fees and tolls increasing revenue above the TABOR limits.  The legislature must prioritize to meet infrastructure needs, specifically roads and bridges.

Moreover, Prop CC is a blank check. Don’t let the Legislature trick you. Taxpayers are being asked to give up their refunds to pay for programs which should already be funded. There is absolutely no guarantee the legislature will spend their new found windfall on the named programs.  Remember Ref C?  The very next legislative session could redirect the funds to other programs without voter approval.

Prop CC is also permanent. It would allow government to take your Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) refunds FOREVER with no actual accountability to taxpayers. TABOR requires government to ask voters’ permission to keep specific amounts above the limit. This asks voters to forego in perpetuity refunds for amounts unknown.

And finally, Prop CC would decimate your Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Eliminating a key element of TABOR, the growth of government, puts the tax and spenders on their way to eventually repeal TABOR.

Has the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights worked?  Colorado has the Number 1 economy in the Country thanks to TABOR). It should be very clear that without the requirements to limit revenue growth to the growth of population and inflation; and, asking voter approval to increase taxes and debt, government would have grown astronomically since 1992.  Even with the requirement to refund over-collected taxes, the Colorado budget has grown by over $1 Billion each year. Since TABOR passed, the state budget has grown 306%.  Without TABOR, Colorado would go the way of bankrupt California.

Vote NO on Prop CC, it’s your dough!

Marty Neilson is President of the Colorado Union of Taxpayers

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