Ballot Measures 2018
Ballot Measures – 2018
An Amendment means that the ballot measure is citizen-initiated and is proposing a change to the Colorado Constitution.
AMENDMENT V – Lower Age to Serve in Legislature. This measure lowers the minimum age of serving in the Colorado legislature from 25 to 21. This was a priority vote for Young Dems and had bi-partisan support from the legislature. SUPPORT.
AMENDMENT W – Better Ballot Language Judicial Retention. The current ballot language is required to re-state “shall the judge be retained” over and over again, making the ballot much longer than needed. This would allow the ballot to list “shall the following judge’s be retained” once and then just list the judges names with yes / no.
Recommended Position: SUPPORT. While this is a small change, there is no reason to make our ballots longer than they are already particularly if it does not serve any clarifying purpose.
AMENDMENT X – Moving Industrial Hemp Definition from Constitution to Statute. The current definition of hemp is in our state constitution, making it hard to adapt to new or updated industrial, agricultural hemp uses.
Recommended Position: SUPPORT. Colorado is the leading producer of industrial hemp in the country and the only state with a definition of industrial hemp in its constitution. Striking this definition will allow Colorado’s hemp industry to remain competitive with other states as the regulatory landscape evolves for this crop.
AMENDMENT Y & Z: Independent Redistricting Commissions for Congress & State Legislature. These measures are the product of a lot of input and negotiations from people of both parties. They create independent commissions, adding representation of unaffiliated voters, explicitly prioritize competitive districts, communities of interest and prohibit gerrymandering.
Recommended Position: SUPPORT. While Colorado has not had the same problems many other states do, redistricting is a process that is key to what kind of representation people will get from their elected officials. Partisan gerrymandering has made politics more polarized, and has silenced voices of voters. (There were terrible measures initially introduced, but where then withdrawn. These are good.)
AMENDMENT A – Abolish Slavery. This is the 2nd attempt by the legislature to get the people of Colorado to remove the last language pertaining to slavery from our State Constitution.
Recommended Position: SUPPORT. Colorado is better than this. It’s continued existence in our constitution is a stain on our great state.
AMENDMENT 73: Raise revenue to increase K12 Funding. This measure raises individual income taxes on people earning over $150,000, plus increased corporate taxes to cover the education funding gap in Colorado.
Recommended Position: Support
AMENDMENT 74: “Just Compensation” = Ending Corporate Regulation. Watch out! Watch out! Watch out! This measure is not what it initially seems. Of course if there is ever a “taking” there should be just compensation, but this would allow any corporation or industry to sue local or state governments for any regulation that they can argue interferes with their ability to earn a bigger profit.
Recommended Position: OPPOSE! This is a right-wing effort to radically reduce or eliminate regulation in Colorado. (e.g. oil and gas, banking etc). Local governments would be forced to either refrain from regulating to avoid being sued or face massive budget shortfalls or bankruptcy if they do.
AMENDMENT 75: Lift Campaign Limits when Opponent Self-Funds. If a candidate gives or loans themselves $1 million or more to their own campaign, their opponent(s) can exceed the current campaign finance limits by a factor of five.
Recommended Position: NO POSITION/OPPOSE. The argument in support of this is to level the playing field between wealthy self-funding candidates. It limits some of the advantages a wealthy, self-funding candidate may have. The argument against is “two wrongs don’t make it right.” Exceeding the current campaign finance limits by a factor of five can just amount to a financial arms race. There is also a court case that has already found a very similar measure unconstitutional. Given that that this questionable measure would be going in our Constitution, it would be quite hard to fix or change in the future.
A Proposition means that the ballot measure is citizen-initiated and is proposing a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes.
PROPOSITION 109 – (BAD) TRANSPORTATION MEASURE: This measure mandates increased spending on transportation in Colorado in the form of bonds, which increases our debt obligations but provides no new funding to pay for them. Therefore, this amounts to a radical series of mandatory cuts on other items in the CO budget (higher ed, K12, department of natural resources etc.)
Recommended Position: OPPOSE! This is a roads-at-the-expense-of everything-else measure and has been repeatedly rejected by Democrats in the legislature as reckless. This puts roads above kids, mental health, schools, and well – really everything.
PROPOSITION 110 – GOOD TRANSPORTATION MEASURE: This measure increases funding for Transportation, funding dedicated priority projects by CDOT throughout the state, including increased funding for transit, which can improve traffic congestion and road safety. Importantly, this measure does come with a new funding source so it would not be at the expense of other priorities in the budget.
Recommended Position: SUPPORT! Colorado has grown faster than our infrastructure has kept pace. Colorado’s transportation and infrastructure are woefully underfunded. This measure raises new revenue to pay for transportation and mass transit so that we can improve Colorado’s traffic congestion without making cuts to other important priorities (like education) in Colorado.
PROPOSITION 111: Payday Lending Reforms. This measure brings payday lenders in line with the current usury laws, capping a maximum interest rate at 36% (from the current average of 129%). SUPPORT.
PROPOSITION 112: 2500 Foot Setbacks. This measure increases the minimum distance for oil and gas operations to 2,500 feet from occupied structures. SUPPORT.
BALLOT ISSUE 5A: The Mill Levy . This measure increases the Mill Levy for ongoing expenses such as attracting and retaining quality teachers and staff with better salaries; providing additional mental health support and prevention programming for students, and provide career focused learning and technical education for more students so they gain the skills needed for jobs and careers. SUPPORT
BALLOT ISSUE 5B: The Bond Question. This measure increases the Bond to enhance safety and security infrastructure at all school buildings, and facilities, and renovation projects. SUPPORT
2018 JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION:
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