Ballot issue recommendations from The Villager

Amendment D
New 23rd Judicial District Judges –  YES
In 2020, a new law created the 23rd judicial district out of three of the four counties that were part of the 18th judicial district. A yes vote allows the governor to reassign judges presently in the 18th to the 23rd. Same judges, same cases. A no vote jeopardizes these judges’ jobs.

Amendment E
Extend homestead exemption to Gold Star families – YES
This is a gesture to honor Gold Star families that won’t cost the government much since it is a limited exemption for a relatively small group of people.

Amendment F
Changes to Charitable Gaming Operations –  YES
Allows charitable organizations who have been in existence for at least three years to hold gaming events and pay the people who staff them

Proposition FF
Healthy School Meals for All – NO
Raises state income taxes $100 million on individuals or couples who earn $300,000 or more to provide free school lunches to all public school students from K-12 across the state, regardless of income level. A no vote keeps in place the current system of providing free or reduced-cost lunches to students from low-income families and doesn’t raise taxes on anyone.

Proposition GG
Add Tax Information Table to Petitions and Ballots – YES
Requires proponents of citizen-initiated measures to change individual income tax rates to include a table showing the financial impact of the proposed change to taxpayers in specified income groups. Why not?

Proposition 121
State Income Tax Reduction – NO
Reduces the state income tax from 4.55% to 4.40%. Since the tax is a flat rate, the higher one’s income, the more benefit, e.g., it would save someone who earns $60,000 a total of $90, but someone earning $600,000 would save $900. It would decrease state revenue to pay for schools, roads, health care, etc. We already have TABOR to protect against the state collecting more than it needs.

Proposition 122
Access to Natural Psychedelic Substances – NO
Allows those over 21 to get “magic mushrooms” to treat psychiatric disorder legally. While this medicine may well be beneficial for those with certain disorders, the cost of the bureaucracy to regulate it may outweigh the necessity of this treatment compared to others that are already available.

Proposition 123
Dedicate Revenue for Affordable Housing Programs – YES
Everyone agrees that there is a dire shortage of housing, especially affordable housing in our state, but waiting for developers to provide it on their own isn’t solving the problem. This would put necessary funds into building affordable housing without raising taxes.

Proposition 124
Increase Allowable Liquor Store Locations – NO
Under current law, liquor stores will be allowed four locations after 2026. This would change that to an unlimited number of locations, but not until 2037. Why would we decide something 15 years in advance of when it will happen?

Proposition 125
Allow Grocery and Convenience Stores to Sell Wine – NO
With the pending merger of the two remaining major grocery chains in Colorado (Kroger and Albertson’s/Safeway), allowing them to also sell wine could well be a slippery slope to eliminating liquor stores as a small business while eliminating competition for everything that is sold in grocery stores.

Proposition 126
Third-Party Delivery of Alcohol Beverages – NO
Businesses are open again and liquor store employees are well-trained to check IDs of purchasers to make sure they are 21 or over. Alcoholism is a problem in this country. Why make it easier to get alcohol from the comfort of one’s home and rely on delivery drivers who are not trained to ensure that they are not providing alcohol to minors?