2018 Ballot Issues White Paper

 

Eagle County Republicans

BALLOT ISSUES WHITE PAPER

 

Amendment V: Lower Age Requirement for Members of the State Legislature
  Yes  
    Should we follow the lead of all but two other states and allow 21 year olds to be given this responsibility or maintain the 25 year age limit? Adjusting this age requirement addresses the old argument applied to when someone can legally drink and go to war, should they not also be give the right to hold office? 
Amendment W: Election Ballot Format for Judicial Retention Elections
  No Position
Amendment X: Industrial Hemp Definition
  No Position
Amendment Y: Congressional Redistricting
  Yes  
    This amendment was created by a bipartisan committee co-chaired by CU Regent Heidi Ganahl (R). It was also moved to the ballot by the state legislature indicating further bi-partisan support.  Takes the responsibility of redistricting out of the hands of the legislature and courts
Amendment Z: Legislative Redistricting
  Yes  
    This amendment was created by a bipartisan committee co-chaired by CU Regent Heidi Ganahl (R). It was also moved to the ballot by the state legislature indicating further bi-partisan support.  Takes the responsibility of redistricting out of the hands of the legislature and courts
Amendment A: Prohibit Slavery and Involuntary Servitude in All Circumstances
  No  
    This issue failed to pass 2 years ago and appears to be made worse with this version.  The CO Constitution  prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude excepts as punishment for a crime for which a person has been convicted and the Supreme Ct has upheld that position.  This says that slavery and “involuntary servitude” are prohibited in all circumstances. The opponents say it can be interpreted that convicts cannot be made to work while in prison.
Amendment 73: Funding for Public Schools
  No  
    Would create graduated income tax for combined incomes of over $150,000, providing another married tax penalty.  The tax thresholds are also not indexed to inflation which will move others into the bracket as wages rise.  Small busines owners will see an increase in taxes of up to 78% with businesses whose profits are passed through to the individual tax return.  Homeowner's property taxes will also increase with the passing of this amendment.
Amendment 74: Compensation for Reduction in Fair Market Value by Government Law or Regulation
  Yes  
    74 supports one of the basic tenets of the Republican party, which is our commitment to protect property rights.  Additionally, data is showing that this issue has the potential to drive votes and is being supported by farmers and other conservative groups that form the base of our party. This will confirm  this question into law.
Amendment 75: Campaign Contributions
  Yes  
    This amendment is very minor compared to how campaign finance laws should be reformed.  By approving this amendment, contributions at the state level would be increased to a maximum of $5,750 at the state level and $2,000 at the local level.
Proposition 109: Authorize Bonds for Highway Projects - "Fix Our Damn Roads"
  Yes  
    Authorizes the State to issue $3.5 billion in bonds to fund specified road and bridge expansion, construction, maintenance and repair projects through out the state ….as specified by CDOT in their list of Tier 1 most needed projects.
Proposition 110: Authorize Sales Tax and Bonds for Transportation Projects - "Let's Go Colorado"
  No  
    Adding 0.62%(or a 21% increase) to the existing Colorado sales tax rate, gradually increasing to 3.52%, will limit local entities ability to raise sales taxes for future specific needs due to pressure to keep sales taxes low. Projects are not defined. Sales taxes are the most regressive form of tax, disproportionately affecting the poor, elderly and unfortunate citizens. And though it contains a sunset clause, rarely are taxes eliminated once in place. The speculation also is that the front range will primarily benefit from these projects at our expense.
Proposition 111: Limitations on Payday Loans
  No  
    Limiting the loan rate will make loans unavailable for certain segments of the population who depend on this type of funding. We do not like the EXTREMELY HIGH rates charged by payday loan businesses, but the free market should determine this usage.
Proposition 112: Increased Setback Requirement for Oil and Natural Gas Development
  No  
    Hurts economy of oil and gas counties by greatly reducing severance tax receipts which amounted to about $615 million to municipalities and counties over the last eight years.  Additionally, the loss of jobs would be catastrophic for the economy. 
Ballot Question 1A: Open Space Mil Levy Extension
  No  
    While this has an appeal on face value, the use of these funds has been questionable in the past. Using the Baer Ranch purchase as an example, Eagle County paid for, with our tax dollars, and now owns a conservation easement over parts of the ranch that resides in Garfield County. This is a property to which there is no public access or use available.  Eagle County also is already made up of almost 80% open space.
     
Ballot Issue 7D: Colorado Mountain College
  No  
    Bypassing Gallagher Amendment
     
     
     
     
     
     
BLUE BOOKS LINKS
  State of Colorado Ballot Information Booklet
    http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/2018_english_final_for_internet_1.pdf
  Eagle County TABOR Notice
    https://www.eaglecounty.us/Clerk/Documents/Tabor_-_Ballots/2018_General_Election_Tabor_Notice/
     
     
     
     
    These positions reflect the research completed by the Eagle County Republicans Executive Committee (ECREC).  When no consensus could be reached or if information was not complete or clear enough for an educated position to be determined, the ECREC has decided to take no position.
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