Great Ed Colo. Asks Voters Why Tax Hike Failed

December 17, 2013
Backers of a controversial income tax hike proposal want to know why it was rejected by voters

Backers of a failed income tax hike proposal want to know why it was rejected

DENVER – Proponents of Amendment 66 apparently still don’t get why Colorado voters rejected a whopping $1 billion income tax hike.  Maybe that’s why Great Education Colorado invited voters on Wednesday to take a survey to explain their “No” votes.

“As an organization that believes Colorado has to do a better job of investing in our young people, Great Ed has a keen interest in better understanding voters’ decision to vote for or against – or not voting at all – on Amendment 66,” explained Lisa Weil, director of policy and communications.

“We want to hear from you – and your friends, family and colleagues – no matter how you voted.  What did you like about Amendment 66?  What didn’t you like?” asked Weil.

Great Ed Colorado hopes offering anonymous surveys will “give you the chance to convey the underlying reasons for your vote, and we want to give you the chance to express your views and values more specifically.”

Weil encouraged folks to share the survey link via email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media. The survey is not a scientific poll, she said, but it will “give voters a unique opportunity to convey their thoughts, concerns, frustrations and wishes.”

Those thoughts may help Great Ed Colorado and other liberal groups develop a new game plan to raise taxes.

Survey takers are asked if they liked or disliked Amendment 66 policies such as the two-tier income tax increase, education and funding reforms such as redistributing taxpayer money to “vulnerable student populations,” and the multi-million-dollar messaging produced by the Colorado Commits to Kids campaign.

The survey also gives voters the chance to sound off with personal comments about all the Amendment 66 issues and its campaign.

“We want to hear from every community in the state, from every point of view, from every space on the political spectrum,” declared Weil.

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17 Responses to Great Ed Colo. Asks Voters Why Tax Hike Failed

  1. Shredder
    December 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

    It has already begun. The point here is to get another increase on the ballot. The difference is to make this increase focused on “high” income earners. Time for some real class warfare liberal democrats. The real question is what will the electorate do in Colorado? I am afraid the ignorant voters will pass an increase on annual incomes of say $250K or $500K+.

  2. Lew
    December 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Because it’s never enough

    • Jay
      December 19, 2013 at 12:36 am

      Government is like a crack addict. The more money you give them, the more they want. More money does not = better education. How much money has been shoveled to education in the last 50 years? And most high school graduates can’t write a grammatically correct sentence and can’t do the most basic math without a calculator. But the liberals will dress up this pig and put it on the ballot again in a slightly different manner hoping to con the public into giving the bureaucrats money money and more power.

  3. Dan Defoe
    December 18, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Here is why it failed. First the economy sucks, people are taxed and fee’d to death already. Second, most people know that most of the money does NOT go to educating kids. It goes to teachers lavish pensions. It goes to hires BS administrator jobs. I think something like 60% of every dollar spent on education goes to overhead and NOT educating kids. The government toads running the schools are about as efficient with tax dollars as the feds spending $638 million for a cheesy website that doesn’t work.

  4. Gordon Ferris
    December 18, 2013 at 8:40 am

    All they need to understand is they have to be accountable for all the tax dollars they already get. They go through our money like it’s water. The money spent per student has nothing to do with the kids learning. I wish the NEA would ride off into the sunset. It’s way past time for the schools to be run town by town.

  5. Its for the kids
    December 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

    This Amendment was exactly what the state and our kids needed. It was just the political climate at the time. If you choose to run the issue again, I wouldn’t change a thing.

    • SPQR
      December 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

      That’s hilarious. Maybe they’ll be dumb enough to believe you.

  6. December 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Let’s get together here and think up some great comments to put on their little survey! Then after we’ve decided on our message, we can all go take it en masse.

    What could we say on their form that would make them see the light / feel the heat?

    • December 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

      OK, I thought of something: “I voted against it because it didn’t include money to provide kids with guns!”

      What if they got a few thousand responses with THAT on it, eh?

      • Sandy
        December 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        No. This needs to be promoted as an educational opportunity that wasn’t listed. Instead say it didn’t provide funds to train kids to safely operate firearms. Have you seen the movie Fido? Like that:-)

  7. Barry Sotero
    December 18, 2013 at 10:10 am

    DUH….’Cause all the major “Poly-Ticians” were for it.. Demon-Crats….

    It is nearly a $1 billion a year tax increase.

    There is currently a $1 billion surplus sitting in the State Education Fund. The promises from Amendment 66 could be funded from that surplus.

    This is the largest income tax increase in the state’s history.

    Too much of Colorado’s school funding goes to administration and special interests.

    According to the National Center for Education Statistics, fewer than half of Colorado’s public school employees are actually teachers.

    From 1992-2009, the number of Colorado education administrators increased by 83%, while the number of students increased by just 38%.

    Without this increase in administration, Colorado teachers could be earning approximately $10,000 more per year.

    Amendment 66 contains no assurances that the $950 million in taxes would ever make it into classrooms. Yes, money is dedicated specifically in this amendment for classroom improvements, however, that same money can be moved from one budget line to another, so the promised money will just be subtracted from another source and money in the classroom will remain the same.

    The Amendment says it “could” reduce class size. For almost $1, is “could” the best we can get?

    Currently, 40% of our state’s high school graduates need remedial classes once they enter college. There is nothing in this measure which would create success-based metrics.

    The redistribution is not equal. If your community pays in more in taxes than another, your local schools may still not get more money.

    Shall I go on….?

  8. SPQR
    December 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Because voters know that education is getting too much money already – and wasting it by the bucketful. Because voters are sick of the tactic of stealing money from actual classroom program to feed overpaid administrators and then using the shortages in the classroom for propaganda for more tax increases.

  9. Tim
    December 18, 2013 at 11:17 am

    The reason A66 went down was the arrogance of the Colorado Dems. Instead of getting out and having discussions with WE THE CITIZENS, they stayed in Denver and relied on ads on TV to do they work. Rep Hullinghorst came on my show The Tim Caffrey Show and gave a great explanation but other Dems declined, they did a poor job of explaining. Also, why tax the citizens and give the Oil & Gas Industry a free ride in Colorado!

  10. Tom Bolin
    December 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Washington DC has highest per student spending in US and ranks last in National Test results.
    Utah is second to last in per student spending in US and ranks first in National Test results.

    Too many administrators. The school near my home was recently remodeled and all they did was make the office area bigger.

  11. Brian McFarlane
    December 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    explain their “No” votes…

    1 billion dollars… waay too much
    A progressive state income tax, on the high end was almost a 30% increase
    Illegal immigrant children already “taxing” resources
    A state wide tax rather than local/district decision
    Expanding k-12 to p-12 which amounts to the taxpayer paying for “daycare”
    Past history of how the school system squanders money
    Promises that are not really mandated = lies in their ads
    In general money does not = better schools

    Just think, without TABOR the Dems would’ve passed this even though the people overwhelmingly were against this.

  12. December 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    If they aren’t doing the basic job of teaching arithmetic, reading and writing, I doubt more money is going to help anything. People all over the world are taught the basics by writing on slates. We can do better than slates; why can’t we do better on the necessary skills? Instead of asking us to explain, why don’t the schools explain honestly why they’re failing?

    December 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    As long as the educational system is communist and non-competitive we cannot throw away more taxpayer money. Tell us how students will be given a better education for their performance level, how teachers are rated on their performance and how teacher retirement benefits aren’t better than the people’s who pay their salary; how schools can compete with other schools for students using common tests that are limited to principles that are universal. Teachers don’t want to be rated for some would be rated unsatisfactory.


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