Below are the Colorado Freedom Force’s 2020 Ballot Question Recommendations.

Amendment B – Repeal Gallagher Amendment

The Gallagher Amendment ensures residential property taxes remain low. Currently there is excessive burden on businesses (assessed at 4x the residential assessment rate), but a repeal of Gallagher provides no tax relief to businesses.

Repealing Gallagher virtually guarantees higher residential property taxes while doing nothing to decrease the tax burden on commercial properties.

Gallagher isn’t perfect, but it’s the only safeguard in place to protect against skyrocketing residential property taxes and should remain in place until a better proposal is presented.

Amendment C – Conduct of Charitable Gaming

Amendment C increases access to charitable gaming activities like bingo or raffles for charitable organizations by allowing them to employ persons and not rely only on volunteer members of their organization.

Amendment 76 – Citizenship Qualification of Voters

Amendment 76 seeks to clear up constitutional language ambiguity by explicitly stating that to cast a vote in Colorado elections, you must be a U.S. citizen and you must be 18 years of age.

Amendment 77 – Local Voter Approval of Casino Bet Limits and Games in Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek

It’s never the government’s job to “protect us from ourselves” by intervening in agreements between adults such as betting.

Amendment 77 also helps move those decisions to local communities.

Proposition EE – Taxes on Nicotine Products

Yet another sin tax which won’t work. This tax hike covers nicotine products including e-cigarettes.

It is not the government’s job to try influencing consumer habits through taxation.

Proposition 113 – Adopt Agreement to Elect U.S. President By National Popular Vote

If passed, all of Colorado’s electoral votes go to the Presidential candidate who wins the most votes nationally, regardless of which candidate is chosen by Coloradans.

Aside from constitutional issues, NPV is problematic because it favors high-population states when electing the president and drowns out the voice of small states like Colorado.

Proposition 114 – Government Reintroduction and Management of Gray Wolves

This measure would introduce the gray wolf to the Western Slope. While the ballot may say “reintroduce”, that is not entirely true because the Canadian Gray wolf is not native to Colorado.

Passage of 114 would be damaging to private property rights. Since the gray wolf is listed as an endangered species, introducing them to the Western Slope would potentially diminish property owners’ rights to use their property productively.

Additionally, wolves will prove expensive as taxpayers would foot the bill to compensate owners for livestock losses.

Proposition 115 – Prohibit Abortions After 22 Weeks

Life, Liberty & Property are the core of freedom.

If Proposition 115 passes, late-term abortions would be prohibited, except when necessary to save the mother’s life.

Anyone performing a prohibited abortion would risk medical license suspension and a misdemeanor charge punishable by fine, but not jail time.

At 22 weeks, an unborn baby not only has a beating heart, it is viable outside of the womb. Proposition 115 covers many of the exemptions demanded by opponents.

Proposition 116 – State Income Tax Rate Reduction

This is an income tax cut of .08% for all Colorado taxpayers, from 4.63% to 4.55%.

Every person who pays income taxes will receive the exact same tax cut in proportion with what they pay.

The Colorado government has collected billions of dollars in new taxes and fees on Coloradans in recent years without voter consent. This tax cut gives allows taxpayers too keep just a small portion more of their money.

Proposition 117 – Voter Approval for Certain New State Enterprises

Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) requires voter approval for tax increases.

Legislators are skirting this requirement by simply calling new taxes “fees.” If passed, all new “fees” with a revenue over $100 million in the first five years would required to be placed on the ballot for citizen approval.

This measure helps to limit government’s spending and gives Coloradans the power to approve new, large fees  the same way we do new taxes.

Proposition 118 – Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

This measure creates, for the first time, a payroll tax in Colorado. This tax is paid evenly by workers and employers, and is intended to fund a new mandate, also created by the measure, requiring businesses with 10 or more employees to pay employees for family and medical leave.

Financial projections show that in its very first year, the premium collections will be insufficient to cover the program’s expenses.

There is also a provision allowing the director of the program to independently elect to raise the payroll tax.

This program is not only ripe for abuse, but will have a massive, negative economic effect on our economy.

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