Ok, if you have a spare 4 hours there is the State’s 71 page Blue Book.
Or if you want just the essentials of each, carefully and dispassionately evaluated, below the fold is a link to a short summation of each initiative. You can also go to Colorado Ballot for this information.
A-58 The most important Initiative
Economic success for our children depends in virtually all cases on their gaining a college degree. This requires making college affordable (A-58).
At present Higher-Ed funding is so tight that many students must forgo College because they cannot afford it. This is sentencing them to a life of economic poverty.
If we don’t adequately fund education in this state, then we sentence ourselves to fall behind not just other parts of this country, but behind the Chinese, Indians, and others who are adequately funding education.
Our future economic success requires the passage of Amendment 58.
Each amendment was reviewed with the following priorities:
- A robust growing economy is essential for today and tomorrow. If the economy is strong the state has increased funds and reduced demands and can then meet more needs.
- Comprehensive education through College is essential for our future. Our future is defined by how well we educate our students.
- We should propose amendments not as a first step, but only as a last resort. Amendments that are pet projects the legislature turned down should be rejected, regardless of how much we agree with them.
Click on the link for a short summation along with the pros & cons of each initiative:
46: Eliminate affirmative action
47: Right to freeload
48: Outlaw abortion
49: Eliminate public employee unions
50: Increase gambling
51: Increased funding for the disabled
52: Lock in I-70 funding
53: Criminalize management incompetence (withdrawn)
54: Ban some from the political process
55: Prohibit firing employees (withdrawn)
56: Require health insurance coverage (withdrawn)
57: Companies liable for any injury (withdrawn)
58: Increase funding for Higher-Ed
59: Increase funding for K-12 schools