Thursday, October 23, 2008

Colorado Amendment 59: Tax Increase in a School Uniform

The suggestion that Independent voters want higher taxes is absurd. (“Education-account supporters see shift,” http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/oct/17/education-account-supporters-see-shift/).

Amendment 59 is a permanent tax increase. Politicians supporting Amendment 59 would have us believe that the tax increase benefits education, but Amendment 59 merely gives politicians more of our money to spend on entitlement programs and other boondoggles. Voting “no” on Amendment 59 does not hurt public schools, because the constitution already guarantees government school funding. 
But Amendment 59 will hurt Colorado. 

Instead of allowing Coloradoans to invest our TABOR tax rebates as we see fit—in schools, local communities, charities, or personal endeavors—Amendment 59 permanently confiscates even more of our money and gives it to the special interests with the most pull at the capitol. 

Voting “no” on Amendment 59 is not a partisan choice. Voting “no” on Amendment 59 is an affirmation that individuals, working within local communities, have the ability, the dignity and the right to decide how to spend their hard-earned money. You cannot get much more Independent than that.

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