Category Archives: The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights

0150_Constitutional Amendment 71_Puts the Constitution out of reach except for the wealthy elites- A yes vote “votes away our vote” – I’m voting NO

Donna Jack
October 20, 2016

[Eight things I try to consider when deciding how to vote.]
[The 2016 Blue Book--Amendment 71 info on pp. 31-34]
[2016 General Election TABOR notices]
[The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) in the
Colorado Constitution.]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]

From John Andrews’ 2016-10-02–John Andrews_how voting on Colorado Ballot Issues:
No on Amendment 71: Draconian Requirements to Amend Constitution
Hard-to-meet signature quotas in remote corners of the state, super-majority voter totals, and a double standard for repeals vs. new provisions, would fence ordinary citizens out of the petition process and leave big-money interests in sole control of constitutional changes.”

Below watch:  “Elena Nunez from Common Cause and former Colorado Senate President John Andrews join host Jon Caldara to discuss why folks on the right, left, and center are against Amendment 71, also known as ‘Raise the Bar.'”

Constitutional Amendment 71 makes it more difficult for citizens like us to change the Colorado constitution.  It will make it so that only the rich have a chance to make changes.

WHO WILL HAVE A MORE DIFFICULT TIME
GETTING AMENDMENTS ONTO THE BALLOT? — Us.
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0149_ Amendment 70 (2016 ballot) – increasing minimum wage up to $12 by 2020 and continue to increase every year_this is government control over businesses_Creeping socialism_VOTE NO

Donna Jack
October 20, 2016

[Eight things I try to consider when deciding how to vote.]
[The 2016 Blue Book--Amendment 70 info is on pp. 27-29]
[2016 General Election TABOR notices]
[The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) text from CO Constitution]
[The Bill of Rights in the Colorado Constitution.]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]

The public made a disastrous mistake in the past
when they voted to put the first budget item into the state Constitution.

Several years ago, the voters in Colorado passed a Constitutional Amendment that they were told would let each school decide how to spend education dollars.  It was a lie.  The public had no idea that they were voting to place permanent, specific, growing, mandatory dollar amounts of money, into our state budget — for for public education.

That deceptive, bad idea has tied the hands of our legislators, forcing a growing percentage of our state budget to go toward public education.  Those receiving this windfall have been adamant that they get all of “their” growing percentage of the state budge.  Public school unions and others in education feel “entitled” and “owed” the huge growing percentage of the state budget, even when there is a shortage of tax revenue — and they insist on being “paid back” in the future to “make up for” years when there was less tax revenue collected.

Even if public schools were graduating responsible, capable, successful citizens (which increasingly they are NOT), the funding of public schools should never preempt all other budget items.  No budget item should ever be put into our state constitution.  It is a recipe for the destruction of our economy and our state.

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0148_Amendment 69 is a fundamental transformation move_Colorado Care would make Colorado unrecognizable_eliminates our TABOR protections from government– Notes from County Assessor explaining ColoradoCare_links to many Amendment 69 posts_Donna Jack is voting NO

Donna Jack
October 20, 2016

Following are links to documents, for your convenience.
Each document is “word searchable” and can be printed.

Here is the actual wording of all 12 pages of Amendment 69.
On p. 9 of Amendment 69 it exempts ColoradoCare from The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.
[The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) text from CO Constitution]
0129_Analysis of Amendment 69_by Senator Kevin Lundberg_trifold
[Eight things I try to consider when deciding how to vote.]
[The 2016 Blue Book--Amendment 69 info on pp. 9-26]
[2016 General Election TABOR notices online or on my site]

[The Bill of Rights in the Colorado Constitution.]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]
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All previous blog posts that have been published on this website about Amendment 69, are linked at the end of this post – or “search” for “Amendment 69” in the Table of Contents to this website.
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DR. JILL VECCHIO HAS AMENTMENT 69 VIDEOS

I encourage you to look at Dr. Jill Vecchio’s videos explaining dangers of Amendment 69.
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DISASTER

Amendment 69 (Single-payer healthcare) is a disastrous centralized-government approach, stripping all citizens of any freedom of choice, and freedom of association.  It compels all of us to finance things against our will and against our conscience.  It it totally opposite of the freedoms we enjoy in the United States.  It will destroy the quality of our health care — destroy the livelihood of our great doctors and other medical care providers — steal from us our hard-earned money — and will cost lives.

THERE WILL BE A MASS EXODUS OF PEOPLE FROM COLORADO —
AND A MASS INFLUX OF PEOPLE WANTING “FREE STUFF”

Doctors are preparing to leave the state.  Many people on fixed incomes will be forced out of their homes because of the increase in taxes.  If people are are able to move out of Colorado, many will.  Non-citizens and those wanting “free healthcare” will be rushing into Colorado.  Many will not contribute financially to fund ColoradoCare.

We will lose more control over our own health care decisions.  We will find our personal finances shrinking.

Please go to links on this site about Amendment 69.  See links at end of this post.

Below are some recent notes on Amendment 69 given to me
by Ron Sandstrom (our county assessor).
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AMENDMENT 69 – ARTICLE XXX
NOTE:  ColoradoCare will not be subject to TABOR.
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0141_Links to The 2016 Colorado Blue Book and Blue Books from previous years__2016 Judicial Performance Evaluations on Judges–for Jefferson county and all counties in Colorado_Fiscal Impact statements for the Constitutional Amendments and Propositions

Donna Jack
2016-10-02/revised 2016-10-03-12:19 AM

Below is information that will help registered voters in every county in Colorado.

My plan is to refer to this blog in a future blog post when discussing each of the things that will appear both on the Colorado state-wide and Jefferson County Colorado ballots.

Resource documents to help you to prepare to vote on the Colorado ballots
— that will be arriving soon (mid October).

Handy resources:

  1.  The 2016 State Ballot information book (the Blue Book)

that has been mailed to most homes (internet version same as one mailed out):
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/2016%20English%20Blue%20Book%20for%20Internet.pdf

2.  Information to help you decide whether to retain judges.

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0132_Frank Francone – some real dangers of Amendment 69 – August 31, 2016 – list of resources about Amendment 69

Donna Jack
September 2, 2016

Below is an email from Frank Francone, talking about some of the real dangers of Amendment 69.  I have added titles and section divisions for easier reading.

After his email are resources to help study and understand Amendment 69.  I hope to have a separate blog with Amendment 69 resources.

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From: Frank Francone <info@healthcareoptionsthatwork.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:12 PM
To: – – –
Subject: The Real Danger

Dear – – – ,

Nobody told me that monsters were real.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing hiding in the closet looking to eat children. . .

What could be such a monstrous threat to Colorado? Amendment 69, also called ColoradoCare.

ColoradoCare is a ballot initiative to implement mandatory single-payer healthcare – at a cost of OVER $38 BILLION.

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0104_SJTP Discussion of proposed Constitutional Amendment and Proposed Ballot Initiatives_Stealing our money and liberty away from us_instructions how to use and search this website

Donna Jack
June 12, 2016

[Note:  Blog 0103 explains how to sign up to attend, to testify,
or to watch school board meetings from home,
live-streamed, or after the fact.]

The amendment and Initiatives that are
briefly discussed in this blog 0104, are listed below:

[You can hold down the “Ctrl”  “f” keys together, lift your hands from the keyboard, then type the number or name of the amendment, initiative or subject listed below, to find the very brief discussion of each item listed.  Hit “enter” until you find no more locations in this blog for what you are searching.]

Amendment 69
Initiatives 78 and 75
Jeffco School District Bond
Initiative 101
Initiative 117
A Mil Levy Override in Jefferson County
Bond Package
Tabor review
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Today I got an email from Frank, a leader in the South Jeffco Tea Party.  In just a few sentences, he reported on the June 9th meeting they had.   You can read their brief summary of some of the things that will be on our November ballot.

One thing they didn’t mention at that meeting, but probably will at next month’s meeting, is a Mil Levy Override.  The Jeffco School Board will talk about and then take action on the Facilities Master Plan, the Bond, and the Mill Levy Override at this coming school board meeting Thursday (June 16).

Consider testifying before our school board on Thursday, June 16.  Let people know what our school board is planning to do.

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Below is the email Frank sent out:

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0102_Only the wealthy should have the right of petition (Initiative 96, on ballot Nov 2016)__I THINK NOT!_dj commentary and an email from Jon Caldara

Donna Jack
June 7, 2016

[NOTE:  People across the country will be surprised
to find that things on our Colorado November ballot
will be similar to things on their November ballot.
]

You can read Jon Caldera’s email later in this blog, or view it in your browser.

The main proposed initiative that will be discussed in this post is Initiative 96, and its final version filed with the Secretary of State can be found here.

At the top of this post you will see “2016 November Ballot” in red letters.  Click on those words to get to other articles on this website that talk about the November 2016 Ballot; or go to the Table of contents which is on a separate page of this website.  Search for articles of interest there.

At the Colorado Secretary of State’s office you will find:
a list of the Initiative Filings, Agendas and Results
     proposed amendments and initiatives,
     along with deadline dates for comment — and a lot more information.

START STUDYING WHATEVER YOU CAN IN ORDER TO FIND OUT ABOUT
THINGS THAT WILL BE ON THE UPCOMING NOVEMBER BALLOT.
The results from this election will greatly impact your life.

It will take effort on our part to know which things on the November ballot preserve or expand our freedom and liberty — or destroy them.

Find out who is behind each initiative or constitutional amendment and who is supporting each.  Find out who wants them passed, and, if passed, what their passage will do to freedom [The ability to Think, Speak, and Act without Externally Imposed Restraint*] and our liberty [Immunity from Arbitrary Exercise of Authority*].  (*Note:  the definitions with * are from flash cards made by the Center for Self Governance …  http://www.centerforselfgovernance.com/ )

Study to discover unintended consequences.  The initiative or constitutional amendment may sound good, but may take away freedom and liberty.  Share what you learn with others.

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