CONTRIBUTED BY NO ON CC ADVISORY BOARD
Current and former elected leaders and business leaders from across Colorado announced the formation of “No on CC,” an issue committee that urges Colorado voters to reject Proposition CC this November. Proposition CC is a referred ballot measure, passed out of the state legislature this spring, that seeks to undermine our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) by forcing Colorado taxpayers to permanently forfeit our constitutionally-guaranteed tax refunds.
As someone who cares deeply about the future of higher education in Colorado, I know Proposition CC will do nothing to lower tuition or provide long-term support for our public universities,” said Heidi Ganahl, CU Regent At-Large and co-chair of the No on CC campaign. “While proponents will promise voters that it will solve our higher education funding issues, there are no guarantees in the measure. It simply creates a slush fund that future politicians in the legislature can spend however they like – and in return voters are expected to permanently give away their refunds.”
Ganahl joins former State Treasurers Walker Stapleton and Mark Hillman, along with 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler, as co-chairs of the No on CC coalition. An additional advisory board, including a developing list of additional Colorado leaders, can be viewed at the bottom of this release.
Former Colorado Governor Bill Owens, a member of the No on CC advisory board, urged Colorado voters to look past the short-term promises peddled by the measure’s proponents and to focus on the permanent and unchecked spending that would follow Proposition CC’s passage.
“Having served as Governor when Referendum C passed in 2005, I understand the difference between short-term adjustments during funding crises and permanent blank checks that the state government too often wishes it could write itself,” said Owens. “Proposition CC is the latter, and for the sake of future generations of Colorado taxpayers, I urge voters to reject it in November.”
During a discussion about the related legislation this spring, Speaker K.C. Becker admitted in a committee hearing that the measure couldn’t provide any assurances as to how the supposed ‘excess’ revenue generated by TABOR refund forfeiture would be allocated in the future. Proposition CC comes on the heels of public poll commissioned in January which found that 71 percent of Coloradans support TABOR when provided the definition of the amendment, compared to just 28 percent who oppose it.
NO on CC Co-Chairs:
The No on CC coalition is an affiliation of individuals and organizations across Colorado that are committed to protecting and strengthening the greatest gift Colorado voters ever gave themselves and future generations – the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
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