Since this is my last column before Referenda C and D get passed by voters, I figured I had better remind everyone to vote on Tuesday.
One of last week’s front page stories in CSBJ provided information about what happens to the growth in our state if C and D pass or fail.
The good brains of Fred Crowley and Tom Zwirlein of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs just got “tired of the rhetoric and emotion.” By the way, thanks guys for doing this study.
The academics did a complete analysis
I will give you the percentages:
- New Jobs Created – 203.51 percent more when C & D pass
- Overall Wage Growth – 245.20 percent more when C & D pass
- Property Income Growth – 15.53 percent more when C & D pass
- Business Income Growth – 120.28 percent more when C & D pass
- Indirect Business Tax Growth -10.75 percent more when C & D pass
Now, math and economics were not my most favored subjects back at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, but I can read a profit and loss statement and a balance sheet and those percentage increases makes good sense as to why C and D are going to pass.
The one issue I see as problematic is the money the out-of-state, far right, anti-tax conservatives are throwing at this. The lies that are coming over the air-waves are quite deceiving and I suppose could influence or confuse the uninformed on this matter.
National anti-tax groups that are concerned about anti-tax measures in other states are helping to fund the opposition. These organizations cannot even spell Coloradoan. El Paso County will gain as much or more from C and D, and it will help support our military through funding for roads, Pikes Peak Community College and UCCS.
Without going into all the details because there simply is not room (and I figure most of you have heard the facts), I will give you what the opposition is saying will happen – and it simply is not true. The bad guys are saying the referenda change the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. They don’t. They are saying it will take your income tax refund. They won’t.
C & D do not:
- Change positive elements of TABOR
- Change the current tax rates
- Give the legislators a blank check
- Take away voter control over our taxes
- Affect in any way state income tax returns
- Provide a permanent solution
Since I know CSBJ readers are highly educated and highly engaged I ask that you all help the grass roots movement between now and Tuesday. Call a meeting of your staff and answer any questions or clear up any confusion the out of state money has caused and then let them know how important it is for them to vote, because it is their community and they should be involved in the outcome of this important issue.
I personally believe that C and D must pass for the future of our state’s education and transportation systems and economic growth. The future of our higher learning institutions is at stake, which ties directly to our economic development. Companies have to have an educated work force to compete and we have to be able to give it to them.
So I ask you to do what you can to help clear up the confusion and get out the vote in support of Referenda C and D.
If you want a Power Point presentation that provides details and information, send me an e-mail and I will send you one or I can arrange a briefing with a member of the Citizens Coalition in support of C and D.
One problem, you know where I stand on this issue and I stand with every business organization in Colorado Springs and with thousands of other business people and organizations through out the state. You also know where I stood in support of the convention center…maybe I shouldn’t take a stance on this.
Lon Matejczyk is publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 329-5202.