Colorado traffic congestion is so bad you can change a tire and not lose your place in line.
Good thing our Fix Our Damn Roads effort is picking up steam and racking up endorsements. Not only has Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers come out strongly urging a YES vote, so has the Colorado Springs Gazette. They nail it, “We need better highways, bridges and roads. We need them yesterday. We don’t need new taxes, in a state awash in revenue… Some decisions will be difficult in November. This one is easy. Demand common sense. Cast a vote that tells state government to Fix Our Damn Roads.”
It will be a fun road to our November victory of fixing roads without a tax increase because the well-heeled special interests at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce have a competing proposal to raise sales taxes 21% for highways, mystery transit projects and a slush fund for cities. Every poll I’ve seen has their pig-in-a-poke plan in the low, low 40 percent range of voter support.
I, like every single politico I know who isn’t on the Denver Chamber’s meal ticket, have little worry that their tax hike will fail. What I find entertaining is that the Denver Chamber, who gave us the failed RTD Fastracks rail debacle, is trying to sell their tax increase as a way to complete Fastracks. They are trying to get taxpayers to pay for the same thing three times over. Here’s my latest in Complete Colorado.
Fortunately we do get to vote on the Chamber’s tax increase, as well as the teacher’s union massive income and property tax hike this year thanks to our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. It’s no wonder so many special interests despise it. It’s one of the reasons we love it. And you will too when you learn more.
Join us for our September 5th TABOR event in Glendale. Be like Walker Stapleton, sign the TABOR pledge. Ask your elected officials if they have signed. If not, they need to join the TABOR cool kids coalition.
And if you’re dateless tonight pull your face out of the Ben and Jerry’s long enough to watch Devil’s Advocate on Colorado Public Television, Channel 12 at 8:30. I’ll be chatting with veteran political reporter Joey Bunch about this year’s election dynamics.