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Letter: Vote against Amendment 69

Colorado has only 5.5 million residents. Is it a joke that we have a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to increase annual income taxes by least $25 billion ($4,545 per resident, $18,000 for a family of four)? Regardless of the purpose or the arguments, it’s a bad idea to double our state budget overnight. Coloradans will be on the hook for another $25 billion every year!

Vote “no” on Amendment 69. Gov. John Hickenlooper and virtually every Democrat and Republican politician oppose it. Our state cannot afford such a huge tax increase on residents, employees and employers. Employers will pay two thirds of this new tax and the state will lose businesses as a result.

Our state cannot afford to increase taxes on residents, employees and employers. This amendment will take over payroll health insurance, Medicaid and children’s basic health programs, workers’ compensation insurance, and replace them with ColoradoCare. We all know how a government plan of one-size-fits-all works: No choice of health plans, long lines and waits for care, private health insurance pushed out, lower quality of care, less choice in health care, and loss of businesses for Colorado due to high taxes. The government will administer the payment system. He who controls the purse controls the outcome. Do you want your health care determined by a government board?

As Bill Clinton said recently about ObamaCare, “Small-business people are getting whacked. … People who are out there busting it wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world.”

Remember Ben Franklin’s advice. “When in doubt, don’t.”

Vote “no” on Amendment 69.

Anne Baker


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