Voice of Ag

This Week's Editorial | 10/19/2016 |

Vote yes on 71 “Raise the Bar”

By Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg

As one of the most conservative senators in Colorado as evidenced by ratings from the Principals of Liberty and the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, I wanted to share with you why so many people support Amendment 71, also known as “Raise the Bar.”

Our forefathers were brilliant in making sure our U.S. Constitution wasn’t subject to mob rule to guarantee that our rights set forth by the Constitution could not be easily taken away. Imagine what it would be like to have our 2nd Amendment or our freedom of the press and religion contested on the ballot every two years at the whim of the masses. That is the process we currently have in Colorado.

Our State Constitution is the easiest in the nation to amend; in fact, it has been done so over 150 times in 140 years.

The opponents of this measure are using scare tactics, stating the intent is to do away with the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. As someone with a proven track record of supporting and publicly defending TABOR, nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, if 71 doesn’t pass, it will actually be easier for anti-TABOR folks to remove that important amendment.

They also argue that a Senate district might be able to veto the ability of an initiative to get on the ballot. This is another scare tactic. For example, in my Senate district, one would have to get roughly 1,800 signatures out of the 144,000 people or the 90,000 registered voters. Yes, it might take a little more effort than sitting on the 16th Street Mall to gather those signatures; however, shouldn’t that be the case to change the document that protects our rights?

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