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Together Colorado Opposes Amendment 68

Civic Engagement

October 28, 2014

Media Release

Oct. 28, 2014


Together Colorado Opposes Amendment 68

Denver, CO -- The Board of Together Colorado has voted to oppose Amendment 68, which would allow the expansion of gambling at the race track in Aurora, and later in two other counties. There are several problems with this proposal: Profits from this venture would be taxed at the rate of 34% with the revenue awarded to the state for K-12 education; however, this appears to be merely a ruse to allow proponents of the gambling industry to gain a further foothold in the community.

Furthermore, it is unclear whether the state could accept any revenue which might be in excess of the cap mandated in the TABOR Amendment. Repeated attempts by a leader with Together Colorado to contact the organization sponsoring 68 in order to gain clarification of the matter were unsuccessful.

Indeed, there is a most serious need for additional funding for E-12 and Higher Education in Colorado, and Judge Sheila Rappaport even used the word “unconscionable” to describe education funding in her decision in the Lobato Case, in which suit was brought against the state for failing to properly establish a “thorough and uniform system” of public education as required by the state constitution. However, the estimated amount of revenue generated by 68 would hardly be sufficient to properly address the state’s considerable problems with education. Moreover, if the amendment were to pass, many of Colorado’s “fiscally responsible” voters would consider that they have done enough to promote education and oppose any future funding measures (read tax increases) which might actually provide sufficient resources for education.

In addition, Together Colorado strongly believe that using so called “sin taxes,” such as those on gambling, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol to fund education is irresponsible. Such taxes are regressive and unreliable, as well as destabilizing to individuals, families, and communities.

Therefore, Together Colorado joins with several newspapers including the Denver Post and numerous civic organizations in encouraging a NO vote on Amendment 68.

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Together Colorado is a non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith community organization that unlocks the power of people to transform their communities through community organizing.