OUR VIEW: Even crackpot ideas historically have had no real problem collecting adequate signatures to make it to the ballot. The fact that Rollie can’t even muster enough John Hancocks is perhaps the best proof that no one — not even pedestrians on the 16th and Pearl Street Malls — is interested in a recessionary tax hike.
Last week Rollie Heath's Tax Hike Team announced they were halfway (65,000 signatures) towards meeting their signature goal to get their $3 billion, five-year tax increase on the ballot. Bragging about being halfway with only weeks left before deadline? This is like the "Joe-mentum" of Colorado ballot measure messaging.
Looks like Rollie's initiative is going down just as we predicted last month.
They have until August 1, when they must turn in their signatures to the Secretary of State's office.
Their publicly stated goal is 125,000 signatures, about 50% more than the required 86,000 valid signatures of registered voters. When gathering signatures it is necessary to overshoot the minimum by a significant margin as usually a good chunk of signatures are found to be invalid.
Heath announced the initiative on May 16, meaning that in nearly two months they have only made it halfway and have merely weeks left to collect the rest. In signature gathering drives that means virtually certain failure unless they pump a lot more money into paid signature collection.
When gathering signatures you usually hit the easy places first. For a tax hike initiative, that would be places like a Boulder Whole Foods or Democrat Party meeting. Since we can assume they've hit those places already, it will be a hell of an uphill battle to collect the other 60,000 signatures.
Don't be surprised if you see an ex-con looking person coming up to you at your child's soccer game or while you're waiting to catch the bus and asking you to sign their clipboard. To get their job-killing initiative on the ballot, Rollie's Tax Hike Team is going to have to spend some serious change on paid signature gathering mercenaries. At least that portion of it will create jobs, albeit temporarily.
Even crackpot ideas historically have had no real problem collecting adequate signatures to make it to the ballot. The fact that Rollie can’t even muster enough John Hancocks is perhaps the best proof that no one — not even pedestrians on the 16th and Pearl Street Malls — is interested in a recessionary tax hike.