“If Prop 103 Passes…”

As we wrote earlier, we’re getting more than a little tired of hearing the doomsday scenarios about Proposition 103, which would restore the sales and income tax rates that were in effect in 1999: raising income tax rates from 4.63% to 5%, and sales taxes from 2.9% to 3%.

Conservative opponents of Prop 103 continue to claim that 119,000 jobs could be lost if the measure passes in November — a figure that is absurdly incorrect according to their own study; that study should have originally said that 27,000 jobs could be reduced by 2016 — a number that may or may not be true but is nonetheless nowhere near the 119,000+ that has been thrown around wildly.

Colorado’s media needs to do a better job of being critical about these talking points rather than merely reprinting whatever a Prop 103 opponent says. If someone held a press conference and claimed that Prop 103 would lead to 3 million jobs lost in Colorado, would reporters just reprint that, too? So in an effort to encourage the kind of thoughtful journalism that should take place with an issue as important as education funding, we’re going to start a new feature here that will run until Election Day: “If Prop 103 Passes…”. Some of these segments may feature negative outcomes, while some may forecast positive repercussions. Either way, none of them will be even remotely based in fact (much like the nonsense 119,000 number). Check out our first installment tomorrow…

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  1. sxp151 says:

    and claimed 3 jillion jobs would be lost, reporters would just reprint that too. That’s what many of them think their jobs are. This is the media we have. This is why Republicans win elections.

    • Libertad says:

      You’re diverting $3 billion from the private sector to the public sector, it will kill jobs and put at risk families in a tough position.

      You have no known purpose for this money other then he lively white elephant you call education.

      • Libertad says:

        But to date the proponent side has yet to clearly articulate the spending purpose for this series of tax hikes.

        I dare you to communicate any detailed justification for the tax hikes or the specific spending priorities the tax hikes will drive.

        • sxp151 says:

          include education. And that’s it. Education. The spending purpose is also education. The justification is that education funding was cut.

          It’s really so simple even Mark G. could understand it. Maybe he could explain it to you someday.

          • Libertad says:

            Ritter hiked taxes, then cut education?

            Everything has been cut due to the great recession … well everything that is except Obama and the Democrats spending spree. How come they cut you out of the dinner table conversation on the spending spree?

            Why wasn’t education a capstone within your spending spree?

      • sxp151 says:

        Some of us think education is actually worth spending money on. Sorry you disagree, but I can guess why.

        • Libertad says:

          A white elephant is an idiom for a valuable but burdensome possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth.

      • IndyNinja says:

        Cuz money magically disappears if anyone from the government touches it.

        That why defense contractors (private) construction companies (private) and all other beneficiaries of government spending are going out of business, because none of that tax revenue ever finds its way back into the flow of the economy.


        Yeah, sure. Whatever.

        • Libertad says:

          With DPS graduating only 43.5% of it’s enrollees, some Denverites will probably want to know you plan of fixing this problem with these tax hikes.

          Yet you seem not to want to commit to any reform or positive outcomes.

          The voters are looking for a return on their money, you have yet to educate us on the specific success factors you will deliver.

      • Konola says:

        Funding education will employ teachers. Just because it is in the public sector does not mean that it isn’t a job.  

  2. JeffcoBlue says:

    God will call Oral Roberts home!

    Oh, too late. nm.

  3. IndyNinja says:

    This is the kind of thing that the assholes at cpp do and I find it immature and distasteful.

    COPols has remained a source of quality commentary and factual analysis for so long, and I would hate to see that thrown away, even for humor.

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