Letters to the Editor

Help us make the CUT — support 60, 61 and 101

To fellow Taxpayers,

This fall, three initiatives — Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61 will be on the ballot. The Colorado Union of Taxpayers supports these measures and we urge you to do the same. After reading each initiative closely, we believe it is clear to any rational person that these measures will be good for all of Colorado taxpayers and are worthy of support.

Many Coloradans are frustrated with the economy and the fee and tax increases by Governor Ritter and legislators. They are also suffering the consequences of earlier tax increases by Governor Owens’ administration. We share this frustration because we understand that in order to roll back and limit the scope of government in Colorado, we can count on neither Republicans nor Democrats.

Yes, these three issues are a direct reaction to poor treatment of taxpayers. This reaction is fully justified and will ultimately help create many new jobs in Colorado, while preserving local governments’ ability to provide police and fire protection and to educate our children.

Each one of these questions will result in far-reaching improvements to Colorado’s economy. When reading the measures please consider these impacts:
•By reducing the rate of growth of tax rates, we will create conditions for economic expansion in Colorado. This economic expansion will lead to more jobs, higher standards of living, and even increased total government revenue. This increased government revenue will allow for better maintenance of Colorado highways and bridges.
•Expanding the economy will create more jobs as contractors and construction companies will engage in new projects in the private, wealth-creating sector of Colorado’s economy.
•Charter schools will also benefit from expanding Colorado’s economy. They will be able to acquire new buildings and essential equipment. Charter, as well as public schools, will benefit from an expanded economic tax base.
•Expanding Colorado’s economy will also benefit fire protection districts and law enforcement agencies. They will be able to acquire vehicles and lifesaving equipment to keep our communities and homes safe.

But don’t just take our word for it; read these initiatives yourselves. We think that you, too, will reach the same conclusion. If these three initiatives pass, the result will be many new jobs to our state and restoration of state government to once again be “of the people, by the people and for the people”.

We need your support to pass these measures because each one reverses an unconstitutional attack on the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights. Please join us in supporting Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61.

Colorado Union of Taxpayers 
Board of Directors

Marty Neilson, President
Gregory Golyansky, Vice President
Jim Frye, Secretary
Bill Hammel, Treasurer
Joe Chavez
Russ Haas
Dave Kopel
Dan Kopelman
Penn Pfiffner
Ruth Prendergast
Lou Schroeder
Wendy Warner
Renee Welsh