By Carolyn Martin (CHEC’s Director of Government Relations)
Prepare to Vote
The November 2023 election is fast approaching. Now is the time to start preparing to vote wisely!
Generally, ballot initiatives on odd-years deal with tax spending and revenue, along with any measures dealing with TABOR (The Taxpayer Bill of Rights) refunds. The state produces and mails to each household what is called a “Blue Book” which details each statewide initiative on the ballot. While it can be a useful tool, be leery of its analysis of the issues. The Legislative Council committee of the legislature is charged with finalizing the wording in the booklet. The committee consists of 11 Democrats and 7 Republicans. The final wording reflects this membership. Listen to the meeting where they discussed the deceptive wording and the attempts to change it.
This year, the two statewide initiatives on the ballot were put forth by the legislature.
- Proposition HH (SB23-303). I recommend a NO vote. See my blog post for more information.
- Proposition II (HB23-1290). I recommend a NO vote. It will allow the state to keep your TABOR refund and instead use it fund the universal preschool program.