Good news: Amendment 66 tax hike goes down hard in Colorado

posted at 9:31 pm on November 5, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Financed with $10 million in out-of-state money, taxpayer rights advocates were majorly outgunned. Our own buddy Kelly Maher was working long, long days on this and feeling pretty defeated about a month ago. So much money spent against taxpayer interests, so many new Coloradans who came from California and were seemingly determined to turn the Rocky Mountain State into another failed liberal paradise.

And yet:

It was sold as an education tax hike “for the children,” of course. And yet, it seems to be going 63-37 as of now, with disappointing showings in both Denver and Boulder?

Colorado has momentarily put the brakes on becoming the new California.

Last word to Kelly:


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Not to worry, we’ll be sure to vote again. And again. And again. Until we get it right. Then the voting is finished.

Andy in Colorado on November 5, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Colorado has momentarily put the brakes on becoming the new California.

Tonight, Virginia has become the NEW California.

Pork-Chop on November 5, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I am very much against most new loss and curbing speech but I do dream of a law outlawing claims that proposals are for the children.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 5, 2013 at 9:44 PM

loss= laws

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Good news!

gophergirl on November 5, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Wtg co!!@

ted c on November 5, 2013 at 9:49 PM

This just proves what Ive thought of Colorado for a while now, we are very Libertarian in nature.

We support legalized Marijuana, Abortion, and Gay Marriage. And yet we also support gun rights, smaller government, and less taxes.

The last few elections really prove that point in my mind. Maybe I’m wrong, but if the GOP were to put a Rand Paul type up in Colorado I think they would win the race pretty easily.

Blu3Yeti on November 5, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Never has so much been spent to accomplish so little.

Kelly must not pay attention to what happened in Wisconsin.

burt on November 5, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Evidently most folks in Colorado still have the ability to think.

Here in The People’s Republik of Kalifornia, they approved the last tax hike ‘on the rich’ because it was “for the children”. Oddly enough, most of the money went to the teacher’s union, via salary hikes.

Go figure.

GarandFan on November 5, 2013 at 9:51 PM

splat!

bazil9 on November 5, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Tonight, Virginia has become the NEW California.

Pork-Chop on November 5, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Naw, more like the New Maryland…

BigWyo on November 5, 2013 at 9:53 PM

I’m glad the majority of voters in CO figured out that “using the children” is a losing meme. That money never goes with the child but instead goes to the administration and union.

CoffeeLover on November 5, 2013 at 9:54 PM

This just proves what Ive thought of Colorado for a while now, we are very Libertarian in nature.

We support legalized Marijuana, Abortion, and Gay Marriage. And yet we also support gun rights, smaller government, and less taxes.

The last few elections really prove that point in my mind. Maybe I’m wrong, but if the GOP were to put a Rand Paul type up in Colorado I think they would win the race pretty easily.

Blu3Yeti on November 5, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Exactly!!! Thank you dimwitted Colorado socons for Michael Bennett…What a tool!

Bandit13 on November 5, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Evidently most folks in Colorado still have the ability to think.
GarandFan on November 5, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Well, I’d guess that the rural areas of Colorado still have a population advantage over Denver. But that won’t last.

Kinda like my situation….I am proudly served by the right honored Minneapolis/Duluth Senators Franken and Kobershar…

The leeches tend to collect in the population centers…

BigWyo on November 5, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Blu3Yeti on November 5, 2013 at 9:50 PM

we have a winner.

And I would like to wish the northern counties attempting secession all the luck in the world…except then I have to move to North Colorado. But, with all the money I’ll save from being Obamacare freee….man, this *is* a toughie…

I love living in a Libertarian state. Now if we can just send all the scumbag liberal Californian tools back home…I could get across Denver on I-25 in less than 8 hours.

a5minmajor on November 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

There are invisible forces we don’t know about.

SparkPlug on November 5, 2013 at 10:09 PM

…Sorry MKH!…good piece…good news!…but all the trolls that have been missing for months…showed up on the Virginia thread…almost all at once…like the septic field bubbled up UNEXPECTEDLY!

KOOLAID2 on November 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Good news!

gophergirl on November 5, 2013 at 9:46 PM

…yes it is…and nicer here!…I saw you at the other thread and was going to suggest…letting that one explode!
…alt was there…I may go back and grab her…before she swims a river or something!

KOOLAID2 on November 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Yay and BOOM! Any news on the secession issue in CO?

neyney on November 5, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Not to worry, we’ll be sure to vote again. And again. And again. Until we get it right. Then the voting is finished.

Andy in Colorado on November 5, 2013 at 9:39 PM

If you REALLY wanted to do it the California way, you’d just have someone sue so judges can tell you what the law is. Saves the trouble of actually voting.

malclave on November 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Yes, they wanted a Billion so they could “redirect” more taxes to the class rooms. WTF do you need a Billion to do THAT for? Just redirect the effing tax money you already have! Fracking leftist jackwagons.

Meople on November 5, 2013 at 10:30 PM

If you REALLY wanted to do it the California way, you’d just have someone sue so judges can tell you what the law is. Saves the trouble of actually voting.

malclave on November 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I expect we’ll head this way. The government has already done a few ends-around on us like with vehicle registration fees and they’ll do it again.

I have lived here for almost 8 years now, and every single time there’s an election we have to fend off tax hikes from every which way. They never, ever give up. And once they get one through, oh, it has to be there FOREVER, because the voters have spoken or something.

Andy in Colorado on November 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

I’m a “socon.”

davidk on November 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Meople on November 5, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Ah, but you see they are big fans of something called “new money.”

predator on November 5, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Which is of course a “new source of money” with the “source of” left out.

predator on November 5, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Ah, but you see they are big fans of something called “new money.”

predator on November 5, 2013 at 10:32 PM

While true. Most of us realized that if they’re wanting a Billion so they can actually send some of that to the kids in the classrooms, then that means virtually everything we already pay goes to nothing but fata$$ administrators and union goon teachers.

Yeah, I pretty much figured this would go down in flames. If it didn’t, I was going to have to step up my plans to flee this sad state.

Meople on November 5, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Meople on November 5, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Tell me about it. I live in Ill-annoy. “More money” is the solution to everything here.

predator on November 5, 2013 at 10:39 PM

socons socons socons

The anus and abortion crowd sure is feeling their oats tonight.

Murphy9 on November 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Speaking as a California-to-Colorado transplant (the late ’80′s variety), the ‘Californication’ theory has always struck me as suspect at best. Colorado may not be that different in the present time as other fly-over and Rust Belt recovery states. They may all be very good examples of another theory, that Americans can tolerate or experiment with just so much, but when failure looms and liberty is threatened, a corrective pendulum sweeps in.

Thank you, fellow Coloradoans, for helping to put the seething anger of the Big Staters in its place today! And the big sales tax/hurt on marijuana sales goes down by similar margins?! Maybe we can check Reefer Madness as well.

ronco on November 5, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Speaking as a California-to-Colorado transplant (the late ’80′s variety), the ‘Californication’ theory has always struck me as suspect at best. Colorado may not be that different in the present time as other fly-over and Rust Belt recovery states. They may all be very good examples of another theory, that Americans can tolerate or experiment with just so much, but when failure looms and liberty is threatened, a corrective pendulum sweeps in.

Thank you, fellow Coloradoans, for helping to put the seething anger of the Big Staters in its place today! And the big sales tax/hurt on marijuana sales goes down by similar margins?! Maybe we can check Reefer Madness as well.

ronco on November 5, 2013 at 10:47 PM

It’s not just California. They were just the beginning. Many of these big government leftists in Boulder and Denver come from Chicago and NY too.

jawkneemusic on November 5, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Not sure where we are at as far as percent reporting but it looks like the conservative school board slate is winning…..thank goodness. Keep the teacher’s union out!!!

tommer74 on November 5, 2013 at 11:06 PM

The big marijuana tax passed. Unfortunately. The state keeps its grabby ways, always.

Andy in Colorado on November 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Just noting that the opposition to the income tax increase had no money. There were NO anti-ads, while the pro-tax people were all over TV and radio. Bloomberg donated $10 million to the pro-tax side, and the teachers unions kicked in big time. And our worthless governor supported it. And we still beat it 2-1. The Marijuana tax passed by the same margin. 25% state, plus whatever local taxes. Dumb SOB’s do not comprehend that when you legalize home growing “for personal use” and slap huge retail taxes on it, the underground pot economy will still be there. They will still be kicking down doors over pot, but for tax evasion. I am …. amused.

Both taxes had clauses that would have barred any citizen votes on them ever again. Here we have TABOR, the TAxpayers Bill Of Rights. ALL taxes have to be voted on, all government budgets have to have a revenue and spending cap, and if that cap is exceeded, the money has to be refunded. Those clauses were part of the attack on TABOR, and the next battle is going to be a Democrat ballot issue to repeal TABOR and make us serfs again.

Local tax increases got turned down all over Colorado.

As far as our Democrat Senators and Governor; if we could get our state Republican Party not to ally themselves with Democrats against the conservative base of the Republican Party, we could take those seats.

Oh, and we have one more recall we are trying. If we get the signatures, another Democrat State Senator who tried to destroy the Second Amendment will be up for recall. And that will turn the State Senate Republican. Which would mean that at least sometimes, if we can get the Republicans to oppose Democrats on an issue, we could stop them.

Subotai Bahadur on November 5, 2013 at 11:38 PM

“… so many new Coloradans who came from California and were seemingly determined to turn the Rocky Mountain State into another failed liberal paradise.”

This is why I term them the “Typhoid Mary’s of Progressivism”.
Things become so intolerable in the state they’ve wrecked, they go to infect a new host.
Then “improve” that new host state with just a tweak here or there.

Amendment X on November 6, 2013 at 12:14 AM

My District 1 ballot had blank space on the bottom. Not to be wasted. I’ll be expecting my audit any day now:

That is “NO” to everything. Understand that you are not trusted.
You are flat not trusted, not even trusted to count this vote right.

Again, “NO”

And that’s how I know I’ve evolved to an angry old man.

Just before I received a call regarding the education amendment, the one that pleads money for children and classrooms that goes straight to administration that goes to preparing Democrat candidates for state legislature (that we see busting schoolmarmish moves on Constitutional rights). So I said, “No, you are not trusted.” I heard, “What?” and my phone went crackly. It does that. I poked a button and thought the thing shut off and several long moments later realized she was still on and waiting for an explanation from me the whole time, and never did get one. Eh.

bour3 on November 6, 2013 at 12:38 AM

It’s actually losing by 66% now. All those Bloomberg bucks for nothing, both in this election and the recalls.

Our three non-Amendment 66, anti-teacher’s union school board candidates won as well, despite being out spent.

I think Colorado has had enough of the far left.

Next up, our continued recall of Evie Hudak. What a witch! The signature gathering has been going full steam, she should be VERY worried.

Common Sense on November 6, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Um, MK, you just might want to re-think the phrasing of that first sentence.

Splashman on November 6, 2013 at 3:09 AM

New Jersey is now the new California:

1. Many, if not most, major union project contracts call for
wages to be based on a multiple of state minimum wage.
This give automatic raise to union workers every year.

2. Higher minimum ages causes layoffs of bottom few per cent
of labor force who aren’t worth the money.

And they enshrined it in their constitution!!!!!

Brilliant!!


http://www.my9nj.com/Story/23887897/nj-voters-approve-increasing-minimum-wage

NJ voters approve increasing minimum wage

Posted: Nov 05, 2013 6:56 PM
Updated: Nov 05, 2013 7:13 PM

Gov. Chris Christie wins re-election in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey voters have approved a raising the state’s minimum wage Jan. 1 and then every year. The Democrat-led state Legislature put the constitutional amendment on the ballot after failing to strike a deal with Republican Gov. Chris Christie on the changes.

The wage is to go up by $1, to $8.25 hourly on Jan. 1. It also calls for automatic increases every Sept. 1 based on cost-of-living changes.

Business owners say they’ll be forced to lay off workers, cut employee hours or raise prices to compensate for having to pay a higher minimum wage. They also say they’ll be hamstrung by the constitutional amendment if there is another economic recession.

The state’s AFL-CIO union and Working Families United for New Jersey had backed the measure.

fred5678 on November 6, 2013 at 5:49 AM

I think this is funny. Liberals are nothing but scum of the earth lowlifes. Liberalism has never worked and never will. Look at the scum of the earth lowlife Obama and take note.

tmgrant on November 6, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Naw, more like the New Maryland…

BigWyo on November 5, 2013 at 9:53 PM

God help them.

NavyMustang on November 6, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Colorado has momentarily put the brakes on becoming the new California.

Tonight, Virginia has become the NEW California.

Pork-Chop on November 5, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Seems like most areas are working toward Detroit.

LilyBart on November 6, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Colorado has momentarily put the brakes on becoming the new California.

I think most people just feel tapped out and are worried about their own incomes. Notice they didn’t mind taxing other people (pot smokers).

LilyBart on November 6, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Good job, Colorado! Did they also kick out a few more gun-control morons?

virgo on November 6, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Welcome to Colorado, the PacMan state.

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/823/uh5e.jpg

lonestarleeroy on November 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

It’ll be back. The left will continue to bring taxation forward for educating children, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, any and everything for the needy with no discernment of how it might all get funded. To those who have the compassion of the righteous, there is nothing wrong with borrowing against future receipts so as to indulge in today’s excess.

MarkT on November 6, 2013 at 7:13 PM