As we are celebrating our “Californian of the Year” nominations this week (to honor the person who is doing the most to change Colorado into California), it reminds us of the sad fact our once liberty-loving state is changing and could become a command-and-control state like California.
But, if that were a certainty, an absolute certainty, we’d just give up. But, funny thing, we aren’t giving up on Colorado. If fact we’re doubling down to save Colorado. We see a path to bring back what we call the Colorado Character: the craving we have to be free to make our own decisions.
It seems a difficult path, especially given the results of the last election. On the surface, those results seem to be discouraging, but once you look closer, there is cause for hope.
Every major tax and regulatory increase that was on the ballot lost (and lost big time) thanks in great part to our work:
- Amendment 73 (a $1.6 billion tax increase for “education”) lost 45% voting yes and 55% voting no;
- Proposition 110 (a $6 billion tax and debt increase for “infrastructure”) lost 40.3% voting yes and 59.7% voting no;
- Proposition 112 (an anti oil and gas proposition that would have killed the industry in the state) lost with 43% voting yes and 57% voting no.
On policy, only 45% of Colorado (at most) want crippling California style regulations and rules. While Coloradans voted for Democrats, they made it pretty clear they don’t want higher taxes. They don’t want to stop energy development.
We can bring Colorado back, but it will take hard work and resources. We must protect the two pillars of public policy that defend us from the Californian takeover: our flat state income tax and our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. We must build a durable freedom infrastructure, not just for the next election but for the next decade.
We need you.
As we ring in the new year, please consider an end of year contribution to the Independence Institute so we can build upon these victories and stop greedy politicians from violating the will of our majority and changing Colorado (perhaps permanently) into East California.