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An Independent Evaluation
I am a small business owner (software company) and I have tried to carefully and dispassionately evaluate this proposition. I am not part of any group proposing or opposing proposition 103.
Each amendment was reviewed with the following priorities:
Proposition 103 (improve education)
Proposition 103 will slightly increase the tax rate for the next five years. It returns it to the rate we had in 1993 (when the economy was great and we all had jobs).
Just One Initiative!
After years of having 6 - 14 initiatives on each ballot, this year we have just one. And this is a question that should be put to the voters (most years the majority of initiatives are little questions best left to the legislature).
Also unusual, there is almost no campaigning on 103, from either side. The group that placed the initiative on the ballot has minimal funding (a website, yard signs, and annoying robocalls). There is no opposition group so far. And few politicians are taking an active role.
I think this is really good. Rather than being bombarded with propaganda, we voters are being left to evaluate the issue on the merits and cast our vote.
These sites provide more information on the initiatives. They do not provide a means of discussion.
Colorado Legislature Ballot Analysis (draft) - The Blue Book.
Colorado Secretary of State - Elections Center.
Blogs are your best resource for a full & open discussion of these initiatives. You can register on these and both ask questions and discuss these issues.
ColoradoPols - Liberal
Colorado Peak Politics - Conservative