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2018 Ballot Initiatives

Priority Positions on State-wide

Support

  • Amendment 73: Seeks to create a Quality Public Education Fund in the state treasury to receive all revenues collected through an income tax increment for public school funding, to fund all-day kindergarten, and to increase public education funding through a variety of methods including income and corporate taxes.
  • Proposition 111: Payday Loans seeks to lower the maximum authorized finance charge for payday loans to an annual percentage rate of 36 percent and to make it unlawful to make, offer, guarantee, assist, or arrange to have a consumer obtain a loan with a greater rate of interest, consideration, or charge.

Oppose

  • Amendment 74: Just Compensation for Reduction in Fair Market Value by Government Law or Regulation – seeks to add to the Colorado Constitution that private property cannot be reduced in fair market value by government law or regulation without just compensation.

Additional Ballot Initiative Positions

Support

  • Amendment A: Colorado Removal of Exception to Slavery Prohibition for Criminals Amendment.
  • Amendment V: Reduces the age qualification for state legislative members from 25 to 21. Colorado currently has one of the highest minimum age requirements in the country.
  • Amendment Y: Established a 12 member independent panel to shape Congressional districts in Colorado, rather than maps being drawn by the state legislators, and establishes judicial review.
  • Amendment Z: Similar to Amendment Y, but for state legislative redistricting. The measure would replace the current Colorado Reapportionment Commission with a 12 member Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission, to limit partisan politics.
  • Proposition 110: Seeks to increase transportation funding by increasing the vendor tax to 3.52% of all sales and the excess tax to 3.52% of all sales, which would increase the money that goes to transportation funds; creating a local transportation priorities fund; and specifying how the money is spent on transportation.
  • Proposition 112: Setback Requirement for Oil and Gas Development – seeks to create buffer zones whereby new oil and gas production not on federal land must be located at least 2,500 feet from homes, schools, hospitals, intermittent rivers/streams/lakes, and other “vulnerable areas” that the state or local government decides.

Oppose

  • Proposition 109: Authorize Bonds for Transportation Projects – seeks to create a “Fix Our Damn Roads” Act that requires the Department of Transportation to issue revenue anticipation notes in a maximum amount of $3.5 billion dollars with a maximum repayment cost of $5.2 billion and requires the department to use the proceeds for specific transportation projects.
  • Amendment 75:  seeks to provide that if a candidate contributes or loans more than $1 million to his or her candidate committee, then all candidates in the same election who did not benefit from the contributions shall be entitled to accept aggregate individual contributions for a primary or a general election at five times the current rate.

Denver Ballot Initiative Positions

Support

  • Caring4Denver: Shall Denver sales and use taxes be increased by $45 million dollars annually, beginning January 1, 2019, and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually, from a one-quarter of one percent sales and use tax rate (25 cents on a $100-dollar purchase) to be used to fund mental health services and treatment for children and adults, suicide prevention programs, opioid and substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery programs, facilities and programs, for those with mental health and substance abuse needs.
  • Denver Right to Survive Initiative: seeks to protect the following rights for all people in Denver: (1) The right to rest in a non-obstructive manner in public spaces. (2) The right to shelter oneself from the elements in a non-obstructive manner in outdoor public spaces. (3) The right to eat, share, accept, or give free food in any public space where food is not prohibited. (4) The right to occupy one’s own legally parked motor vehicle or occupy a legally parked motor vehicle belonging to another, with the owner’s permission. (5) The right and expectation of safety and privacy of or in one’s person and belongings while occupying public spaces.
  • Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids: Seeks to provide: 3 healthy meals for kids year-round, cooking, gardening, and healthy eating classes and support local farms, ranches and food businesses.