Letter to the editor: Vote no on Prop EE

Posted 10/21/20

Vote no on Prop EE Proposition EE is a tax increase on Coloradans amid a global pandemic. As we attempt to recover from COVID-19 hardships, now is not the time to impose a $294 million tax increase …

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Letter to the editor: Vote no on Prop EE

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Vote no on Prop EE

Proposition EE is a tax increase on Coloradans amid a global pandemic. As we attempt to recover from COVID-19 hardships, now is not the time to impose a $294 million tax increase on Colorado voters.

Supporters of the ballot attempt to convince Coloradans to vote for EE by claiming it will pay for to preschool education. However, there is nothing in Proposition EE that mandates the Colorado Legislature to spend revenue collected from the ballot measure on preschools.

In addition, all funds generated by EE, if passed, will automatically go into the state’s General Fund and preschool education will not see additional funding for two-and-a-half years, if ever. Tax and spend must end.

Proponents suggests that EE is a “win-win for the future of our children” and unfortunately, they are wrong. Preschools may never see the benefits from the ballot initiative. Instead, EE will give the Legislature a blank check to use on unidentified pet projects.

Further, if the goal of Proposition EE is to discourage smoking, then why aren’t all the revenues going to aid tobacco cessation? As a matter of fact, the majority of revenue collected from EE does not go to cessation efforts at all.

Instead, only a small portion will, and the rest will go to the Legislature for miscellaneous projects. Coloradans deserve better.

Join me in voting no on Proposition EE.

Nancy Sharpe

Arapahoe County commissioner

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