The money raised through a tobacco tax will be TABOR-exempt, and funneled to a pair of state bureaucracies that tell us they will dish it out in grants and programs. Just trust us they say…it’s going to reduce smoking.
And where does all of this end? Gorman brings up the valid point that if Amendment 72 passes, to be on the lookout for more state agencies to seek funding outside of TABOR and the legislative process by creating constitutional mandates for increased taxes and directing those dollars straight into their administrative budgets with no accountability or no oversight.
State bureaucrats already have more than $100 million in tobacco-related revenue at their disposal every year, and they do not use it effectively to fight smoking. Now, they want more to do what they already should be doing?
Coloradans do not need another tax increase. They need public officials who don’t squander their tax dollars. Amendment 72 is a bad deal for Colorado and it doesn’t belong in the constitution.