Colorado initiative must submit signatures for ballot access (Updated)
By Al Ortiz
DENVER, Colorado: August 1 marks the last day initiative supporters can submit signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State for ballot access. Only one will be eligible for the 2011 ballot this fall. Ballotpedia contacted the secretary's office on July 27, 2011, who stated that the tax increase initiative, proposed by State Senator Rollie Heath, was the only initiative eligible to submit signatures. The office also stated that supporters of the measure called in to state their intentions of filing petitions on the day of the deadline.
The measure would increase the state income and sales tax. Specifically, it would increase the state income tax to 5 percent and the sales tax to 3 percent. Currently, the income tax is 4.63 percent and the sales tax is 2.9 percent.
According to Heath, "When people see what we’re doing to schools and classrooms, and closing schools and classrooms, and cutting back, they realize that this is reality and that education is economic development and jobs, and that we’re virtually last in the country for funding higher education and K-12, I’m hoping that people will understand that this cuts into the future, and regardless of how difficult the times, we need to invest in our kids"
However, opponents of the proposed ballot question, such as Jon Caldara, president of the libertarian Independence Institute, argue, "It is difficult to get something on the ballot purely with volunteers, especially something like this. It’s easier to get something on the ballot like abortion and gun control, something very easy to understand. This one’s not quite as easy."
When contacted by Ballotpedia on August 1, signatures were not yet turned in, but were expected to be submitted by the end of the business day.
- Colorado Sales and Income Tax Increase Initiative, Proposition 103 (2011)
- Colorado 2012 ballot measures
- Colorado General Assembly
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