Former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown

A new measure Proposition CC, which would permanently gut the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), has a set of new opponents in the official campaign against the measure chaired by former State Treasurers Walker Stapleton and Mark Hillman, University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl, and 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler.

A twist to the typical opponents; however, is that the proponents of Referendum C, which was a temporary timeout on TABOR passed in 2005, are lining up to urge voters to just say no to this unwise ballot initiative. Former U.S. Senator Hank Brown and former Colorado Governor Bill Owens, who both supported Ref C, are on the advisory board of the “no” campaign because they say that this measure is a bad idea. Here’s what Brown told the Denver Post today:

“With Ref C the promise was that a third of the money or more would go to higher education, and that never happened. The legislature simply didn’t do it. I’d say we’ve heard it before, and it didn’t work out that way.”
The measure would ask voters to permanently give up refunds so that Democrats could continue their out-of-control spending without having the face the reality that every day Colorado families face – that they must prioritize their budgets. Most families don’t get blank checks for pet projects like this legislature is expecting of them.