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.


This Amendment 70 is putting onto businesses the same burden that was put on the legislature through the above-discussed Constitutional education budget item.  Amendment 70 would put in our state constitution the specific amount that all employers must pay their lowest-paid employees — and it is an increasing amount every year — “forever” — whether an employer has the funds to raise minimum wages.

This increasing burden will lead to the collapse of businesses and individuals – leading to where governments control everything — no private ownership of anything (including businesses).  In our country, what an employer pays to those he hires should not be dictated by “the state.”


On the Quotations page of this website you can read the goal of those favoring a world (socialist/communist) government:   “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”  This will help you more clearly see where this seeming-kind-compassionate increase in minimum wage is leading.  The the ultimate outcome of putting growing budget amounts into the Constitution will increase costs for employers.  IT WILL BREAK THE SYSTEM, whether it is mandated growing minimum wages for governments, businesses, or individuals.

Ever-increasing forced minimum wages lead to the goals that you can read in Quote #25 on the Quotations page of this website:  From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

Here is a portion of the text from Quote 25:

“attributed to the French communist Morelly, who proposed in his 1755 Code of Nature

I. Nothing in society will belong to anyone, either as a personal possession or as capital goods, except the things for which the person has immediate use, for either his needs, his pleasures, or his daily work.
II. Every citizen will be a public man, sustained by, supported by, and occupied at the public expense.
III. Every citizen will make his particular contribution to the activities of the community according to his capacity, his talent and his age; it is on this basis that his duties will be determined, in conformity with the distributive laws.


 Continuing to raise minimum wages forever (Amendment 70 calls for continuous yearly raises in minimum wages), is only going to place more burden on businesses — businesses that already have overburdening regulations and growing taxes.  It infringes on their freedom to run their own business as they see fit.  It will shut down businesses.

As the cost of living rises, it will make it more difficult for business-owners to make the profit that they need in order to invest back into their businesses — and it will cut into the profit they need in order to be rewarded for the time and hard work they do in order to run their businesses.  Business owners have to make profits, or they go out of business (and nobody is hired).


This Amendment 70 focuses on an employee’s viewpoint, and once again, increases the power of government over all of our lives.  See points 2, 3, 6 in Eight things I try to consider when deciding how to vote.  And if you have not read quotation 25 on the quotations page, please do so.

QUOTATION 25 is what is taught in most public schools:  “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

NOTE:  The proper need for business owners to make a profit, is not what is taught in most school these days.  Schools in general are teaching students that workers should receive all profits, because they do all the work.  A young person I know, who is a college graduate, recently shared with me his belief (taught in business school) that business owners don’t deserve profits, because they don’t do the work.

From the quotations page of this website is something that former FBI agent W. Cleon Skousen said:  “Marx and Engles did not believe that wages were adequate compensation for labor performed unless the workers received all the proceeds from the sale of the commodity.”  THIS ELIMINATES PRIVATELY-OWNED BUSINESSES.

You can find many other interesting quotations on that page.


 You can only squeeze business owners so much.  There is a limit to how much they can absorb or how much they can pass on to the purchasers.  If prices climb too high, eventually customers go somewhere else or just do without the product.
If minimum wages are forcibly raised, then workers who earn higher than minimum wage will want more, to differentiate themselves from the less skilled, entry-level workers who do not have the responsibility to do jobs that take more education, training or experience.  Under our form of government, people who contribute more, are rewarded for their achievement – there is incentive to do things better.

But then again, Marx teaches:  From each according to his ability — to each according to his need.  That means, the government decides how much to dole out to everybody — theoretically giving everyone the same, but in actuality, it is distributed however those in control decide it is to be distributed — government control.


This Constitutional Amendment 70 will take away decisions from employers — financial decisions that they must make in order to survive — decisions needed to improve and maintain their business — and to employ workers.  As the cost of living goes up, it goes up for BOTH the employed AND the employer.

Connecting the minimum wage to cost of living only works in government operations like civil service, or school districts, where people automatically keep getting paid more, whether or not what they produce is worth the increased amount of money they are paid, or whether there is sufficient funding.

Spending (or owing) more than you have, leads to collapse.


In the real world, if a worker does not produce something worth more than what they are paid, they are a drain on their employer.  Some work is just not “worth” minimum wage.  Why would an employer hire someone, and pay them more than what they are able produce for the business?  Businesses are not charities.

People who need work, and are willing to work for less, are just out of luck with minimum wages employers cannot afford.  Those people are unemployed.   This amendment does not solve any problem – it just makes worse an already difficult situation.

This is the wording on the ballot for Constitutional Amendment 70:

“Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution increasing the minimum wage to $9.30 per hour with annual increases of $0.90 each January 1 until it reaches $12 per hour effective January 2020, and annually adjusting it thereafter for cost-of-living increases?              (1)  Yes/For           (2)  No/Against”


This schedule for increased minimum wage would be placed permanently in our Colorado Constitution, without any input from the voters in the future, or freedom for business owners to make their own hiring and salary/wage decisions.   This proposed amendment ignores whether or not an employer can afford to pay this minimum wage increase — based on the value that the employee brings to their business — and based on the condition of the economy and condition of their business.  Not wise to increase or continue the increase every year!

This is an example of legislation that sounds good (give the poor more money), but it actually would discourage business growth, diminish the number of people employed, lead to more small and medium business failures, more automation, and more businesses leaving our country (less jobs for people here).


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