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. Continue reading →
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.
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.
DR. JILL VECCHIO HAS AMENTMENT 69 VIDEOS
I encourage you to look at Dr. Jill Vecchio’s videos explaining dangers of Amendment 69.
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).
[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.]
Initiatives 78 and 75
Jeffco School District Bond
A Mil Levy Override in Jefferson County
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.
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.
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.