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Sen. Rollie Heath makes good on efforts, submits signatures for Colorado tax initiative

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August 2, 2011

Colorado

DENVER, Colorado: When contacted by Ballotpedia on July 27, the Colorado Secretary of State's office stated that Senator Rollie Heath verbally committed to submitting signatures for his proposed tax increase initiative by the August 1 deadline. Heath didn't disappoint.[1]

On the day of the deadline, Heath and supporters submitted 142,160 signatures, more than the 86,105 valid signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot. The Secretary of State must now check signatures in order to deem the initiative worthy of ballot access.

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."[2]

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