Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning the removal of the exception to the prohibition of slavery and involuntary servitude when used as punishment for persons duly convicted of a crime?
Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning an exemption from property taxation for a possessory interest in real property if the actual value of the interest is less than or equal to six thousand dollars or such amount adjusted for
SHALL STATE TAXES BE INCREASED $25 BILLION ANNUALLY IN THE FIRST FULL
FISCAL YEAR, AND BY SUCH AMOUNTS THAT ARE RAISED THEREAFTER, BY AN
AMENDMENT TO THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION ESTABLISHING A HEALTH CARE PAYMENT SYSTEM TO FUND HEALTH CARE FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS WHOSE PRIMARY RESIDENCE IS IN COLORADO, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH,
CREATING A GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY CALLED COLORADOCARE TO
ADMINISTER THE HEALTH CARE PAYMENT SYSTEM; PROVIDING FOR THE GOVERNANCE OF COLORADOCARE BY AN INTERIM APPOINTED BOARD OF
TRUSTEES UNTIL AN ELECTED BOARD OF TRUSTEES TAKES RESPONSIBILITY;
EXEMPTING COLORADOCARE FROM THE TAXPAYER'S BILL OF RIGHTS;
ASSESSING AN INITIAL TAX ON THE TOTAL PAYROLL FROM EMPLOYERS,
PAYROLL INCOME FROM EMPLOYEES, AND NONPAYROLL INCOME AT VARYING RATES; INCREASING THESE TAX RATES WHEN COLORADOCARE BEGINS MAKING HEALTH CARE PAYMENTS FOR BENEFICIARIES; CAPPING THE TOTAL
AMOUNT OF INCOME SUBJECT TO TAXATION; AUTHORIZING THE BOARD TO INCREASE THE TAXES IN SPECIFIED CIRCUMSTANCES UPON APPROVAL OF THE MEMBERS OF COLORADOCARE; REQUIRING COLORADOCARE TO CONTRACT WITH HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PAY FOR SPECIFIC HEALTH CARE
BENEFITS; TRANSFERRING ADMINISTRATION OF THE MEDICAID AND CHILDREN'S BASIC HEALTH PROGRAMS AND ALL OTHER STATE AND FEDERAL HEALTH CARE FUNDS FOR COLORADO TO COLORADOCARE; TRANSFERRING RESPONSIBILITY TO COLORADOCAREFOR MEDICAL CARE THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE PAID FOR BY WORKERS' COMPENSATION INSURANCE; REQUIRING COLORADOCARE TO APPLY FOR A WAIVER FROM THE AFFORDABLE
CARE ACT TO ESTABLISH A COLORADO HEALTH CARE PAYMENT SYSTEM; AND
SUSPENDING THE OPERATIONS OF THE COLORADO HEALTH BENEFIT
EXCHANGE AND TRANSFERRING IT’S RESOURCES TO COLORADOCARE?
-All Coloradands would be covered under this plan
-This would control health care costs in the state and improve outcomes.
-This measure would increase accountability because trustees and taxes would be voted on.
-This measure would double the state budget and possibly harm the economy by burdening taxpayers. It may not be sustainable.
-Improved costs and quality are not a guarantee.
-Health care providers might not be willing to serve patients, thus reducing patient choice and access.
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
Employees may face lay-offs or reduced hours, thereby hurting the people this measure is intended to help.
Small businesses, particularly in rural communities, will be hurt and struggle to implement this measure.
Amendment 71: Requirements for Constitutional Amendments
Makes it more difficult to amend the Constitution by requiring signatures from at least 2% of registered electors from each state senate district for a citizen-initiated petition AND increases the percentage of votes required to adopt a constitutional amendment from 50% to 55%.
Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution making it more difficult to amend the Colorado constitution by requiring that any petition for a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment be signed by at least two percent of the registered electors
who reside in each state senate district for the amendment to be placed on the ballot and increasing the percentage of votes needed to pass any proposed constitutional
amendment from a majority to at least fifty-five percent of the votes cast, unless the proposed constitutional amendment only repeals, in whole or in part, any provision of the
Current requirements make it too easy to change the state constitution, making Colorado a national testing ground for special interest groups.
Requiring signatures from every senate district will ensure that constitutional amendments represent the interests of everyone in the state, rather than only in urban areas with large populations.
This measure will ensure that only interests with money will be able to initiate a citizen initiated constitutional ballot measure, defeating the intent of this provision of our democracy.
Relying on statutory changes to create change often results in those changes being amended or repealed by the legislature without the approval of voters. We must preserve the right of citizens to make changes to the constitution.
Citizens Project is OPPOSED to Amendment 71. Although we recognize that the state constitution is easily amended, we have concerns that this measure would significantly impact the ability of citizen groups without substantial funding to propose an initiative. As written, Amendment 71 would increase the obstacles for grassroots citizens groups to successfully petition onto the ballot.
Amendment 72: Increase Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes
Increases the state tax on a pack of cigarettes from $0.84 to $2.59 and increases the state tax on other tobacco products from 40% to 62% of the price; new tax money to be used for health and smoking cessation programs, medical research and other listed uses.
SHALL STATE TAXES BE INCREASED $315.7 MILLION ANNUALLY BY AN
AMENDMENT TO THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION INCREASING TOBACCO
TAXES, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2017, INCREASING TAXES ON CIGARETTES BY 8.75 CENTS PER CIGARETTE ($1.75 PER
PACK OF 20 CIGARETTES) AND ON OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS BY 22
PERCENT OF THE MANUFACTURER'S LIST PRICE; AND ALLOCATING SPECIFIED PERCENTAGES OF THE NEW TOBACCO TAX REVENUE TO HEALTH-RELATED PROGRAMS AND TOBACCO EDUCATION, PREVENTION, AND CESSATION PROGRAMS CURRENTLY FUNDED BY EXISTING CONSTITUTIONAL TOBACCO
TAXES; AND ALSO ALLOCATING NEW REVENUE FOR TOBACCO-RELATED
HEALTH RESEARCH, VETERANS' PROGRAMS, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, CONSTRUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENTS
FOR QUALIFIED HEALTH PROVIDERS, EDUCATIONAL LOAN REPAYMENT FOR
HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN RURAL AND UNDERSERVED AREAS, AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TRAINING TRACKS?
Shall there be a change to the Colorado revised statutes to permit any mentally capable adult Colorado resident who has a medical prognosis of death by terminal illness within six months to receive a prescription from a willing licensed physician for medication that can be self-administered to bring about death; and in connection therewith, requiring two licensed physicians to con!rm the medical prognosis, that the terminally-ill patient has received information about other care and treatment options, and that the patient is making a voluntary and informed decision in requesting the medication; requiring evaluation by a licensed mental health professional if either physician believes the patient may not be mentally capable; granting immunity from civil and criminal liability and professional discipline to any person who in good faith assists in providing access to or is present when a patient self-administers the medication; and establishing criminal penalties for persons who knowingly violate statutes relating to the request for the medication?
-Terminally ill patients have the right to decide when and how they should end their lives.
-This measure allows patients to avoid suffering.
-The measure adequately safeguards physicians through a prescribed process. Physicians are not obligated to prescribe.
Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes recreating a presidential primary election to be held before the end of March in each presidential election year in which unaffliated electors may vote without declaring an affliation with a political party?
-The caucus system limits the ability of people to participate and this will lead to increased voter participation in primaries
-All registered voters should be allowed to participate in the selection of presidential nominees
-Requires candidates to appeal to a broader range of voters
-Protects voter confidentiality
-Shifts cost to taxpayers from parties, which are private entities
-Because political parties are private entities, voters who are not affiliated should not get a say in the party’s nominee
-Undermines caucuses, which allows for traditional discussion of candidates and issues
-Currently, voters can affiliate if they want to vote on a party’s candidates
Citizens Project is NEUTRAL on Proposition 107. Although we generally support the idea of a presidential primary and increased voter participation, we are concerned that the proposal does not allow full participation by all voters.
Proposition 108: Unaffiliated Voter Participation in Primary Elections
Changes Colorado's primary election process to allow unaffiliated voters to vote in the nonpresidential primary election of a single political party AND allows political parties to nominate candidates by assembly or convention instead of a primary. Currently, only voters affiliated with a party may vote in that party's primary.
Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning the process of selecting candidates representing political parties on a general election ballot, and, in connection therewith, allowing an unaffilliated elector to vote in the primary election of a political party without declaring an affiliation with that party and permitting a political party in specific circumstances to select all of its candidates by assembly or convention instead of by primary election?
-Primary elections are publicly financed and should be open to all taxpayers, including those unaffiliated with a political party.
-This measure would give all Coloradans a voice.
-Allowing unaffiliated voters to participate could result in candidates who are more responsive to a broader range of issues.
-Creating a combined ballot for unaffiliated voters would lead to greater voter confusion and significantly more ballots being rejected, therefore disenfranchising voters.
-CO law already allows unaffiliated voters to change their affiliation up to election day
-Political parties are membership organizations and have the right to select their own candidates.