Keep your hard-earned money, your right to refunds and your future consent...
VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION CC.
What is Proposition CC?
Proposition CC is a legislatively referred, misleadingly worded ballot measure that Colorado voters will decide on this fall. If passed, Prop CC will cost Colorado taxpayers billions of dollars in perpetuity, would gut our very popular Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, forfeit all of our future TABOR refunds, and forfeit our right to vote on future refunds.
Your Right to Vote For or Against Tax Increases is at Risk
For more than two decades, Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR), a state constitutional amendment that requires state and local government to seek voter approval to raise taxes, has kept the growth of government in check. Now, frustrated extremists want to gut this popular amendment through Proposition CC. Vote NO on CC.
Politicians, today, can raise taxes, but with TABOR, they have to ask us first.
ASK FIRST, IT'S THAT SIMPLE.
What is the ballot language?
"Without raising taxes and to better fund public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges, and transit, within a balanced budget, may the state keep and spend all the revenue it annually collects after June 30, 2019, but is not currently allowed to keep and spend under Colorado law, with an annual independent audit to show how the retained revenues are spent?"
It's a Blank Check
There is no guarantee as to where Proposition CC's money will go in the future. Democratic Speaker of the House, KC Becker, admitted it during a committee hearing earlier this year. The legislature has tricked us before - don't let them do it again.
It Aims to Backfill Lost Revenue from Oil and Gas
Earlier this year, the Democratic-controlled state legislature passed an anti-oil and gas law that will almost certainly lead to lost revenue. Proposition CC is an early attempt to offset these self-inflicted losses – by taking away more of your money.
State Gov't Refuses to Prioritize Coloradans' Needs
Although the state budget growing by over $1B each and every year, the legislature still refuses to prioritize infrastructure. Despite a 20% increase in education spending since 1990, teacher pay is DOWN 20%. Giving more money to state government, without any reforms, is a bad deal for taxpayers. Since TABOR passed, our budget has grown 306%. State government has enough money - it just needs to prioritize better.
It's a Tax Increase
Despite what the ballot language says, Proposition CC is a tax increase. When the government keeps more of your money and spends it, it's a tax increase. Coloradans have rejected the last six statewide tax hikes for a reason. They want government to be more efficient and effective with the $32.5 billion budget they already have.
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Colorado Has the Number One Economy for a Reason
Colorado doesn't have the number one economy in the country by chance. TABOR has greatly contributed to our state's success. We don't want to fall backwards. This ballot issue is the first step to repealing the rest of TABOR.
Proposition CC would take away Coloradans’ TABOR refunds - forever. There is no sunset - and no real accountability to taxpayers.
It Would Hurt Seniors and Veterans
Currently, refund money is first used to help localities cover the senior and veterans’ property tax exemptions. Proposition CC would take that refund money away – putting seniors and veterans at risk – and putting more pressure on local budgets.
It Would Gut the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights
This ballot issue would strip one of the main parts of TABOR - which limits the growth of government. Public polling shows that 72 percent of Coloradans support TABOR.