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Vote yes on referenda C and D

Dear Editor:There are plenty of good reasons for all of us taxpayers to vote yes on referenda C and D, including better education and highways.But Mountain Family Health Center is asking you to vote yes for a different reason. We won’t directly benefit from any of the funds that will be available if C and D pass, but our ability to provide care to the medically indigent will be greatly reduced if they fail. We would likely lose 15 percent of our funding.Here’s why. If C and D fail, the state will be plunged into a fiscal crisis. Over the past three years, the Legislature has already cut $1 billion from the budget. If C and D fail, the state will be forced to cut an additional $408 million or find funds to offset this deficit. One way the governor and Legislature would accomplish this would be to “seize” tobacco settlement and Amendment 35 tobacco taxes earmarked for primary care for the uninsured, as well as cut Medicaid.Referenda C and D, a joint effort of Democrats and Republican leadership, are necessary because of a complicated and destructive clause in the TABOR Amendment.If you would like to learn more about the details, please go to the websites at http://www.thebell.org or http://www.voteyesonc-d.com. The board members, caregivers, support staff and patients at Mountain Family Health Center thank you for your support. John BarbeeMountain Family Health CenterGlenwood Springs

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