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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Golden Terps Policy Papers : 10/12/16
Make sure you vote! Mail-in ballots will begin arriving the week of Oct. 17.
Amendment T – vote YES
This item proposes amending the Colorado Constitution to remove outdated language that currently allows “slavery” and “involuntary servitude” to be used as punishment for the conviction of a crime. There is no question this language should be removed.
Amendment 69 – YES
This item proposes creating a statewide health care system. ColoradoCare, which currently manages Obamacare, would be expanded and provide health insurance for all Coloradans.
Amendment 70 – YES
This item proposes increasing the state minimum wage from $8.31 an hour to $9.30 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2017.
Amendment 71 – NO
This item requires signatures be gathered from each state senate district to place a constitutional initiative on the ballot and increases the percentage of votes to adopt a constitutional amendment making it harder to get to a majority.
Amendment 72 – NO
This item proposes an increase in the state tax on a pack of cigarettes from 84 cents to $2.59. There isn’t an answer on where the funding is going to be spent because some of the programs haven’t been determined and only 20% of the funds go to smoking prevention / deterrence.
Proposition 106 – YES
This proposal would give terminally-ill people access to medical “aid-in-dying medication.” This should be a human right to be able to die in dignity.
Proposition 107 & Proposition 108 – YES and YES
These proposals would establish a presidential primary in Colorado that allows participation by unaffiliated voters.
Denver Ballot Issues
This would allow Denver to continue to collect a tax to fund Denver’s preschool program through 2026.
This proposes an amendment to the Denver City Charter that would inscribe the Office of Independent Monitor (which helps oversee the police department) as a permanent fixture in Denver city government.
This proposal reauthorizes the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) to continue to collect a regional penny-on-$10 sales tax for our art and cultural facilities in Denver and the metropolitan area.
Ordinance 300, YES
This would allow “Designated Consumption Areas” to use marijuana. Since both instate and out of state constituents have a place to consume that isn’t illegal as current regulation.