Two ballot proposals that voters will decide on in November now have names.
The Colorado General Assembly passed two bills during the 2019 session that require voter approval for tax increases, as required under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), an amendment to the state’s constitution.
A ballot measure asking voters to allow state government to permanently keep excess revenues normally refunded to taxpayers will be called Proposition CC, the Secretary of State’s office said.
The measure comes from House Bill 1257. An accompanying bill, House Bill 1258, allocates the excess money the government would keep toward K-12 education, higher education, and transportation.
The legislature passed the bills on April 29.
Another measure that will be on the ballot asking voters to legalize sports betting and allow it to be taxed will be called Proposition DD.
The measure was referred to voters in House Bill 1327, which was passed by the legislature on the last day of the session. The proposal would tax sports betting proceeds at a rate of 10 percent and revenue would go in part towards funding for the state’s water projects.
A ballot measure that would have used horse racetrack gambling revenues to fund education was rejected by voters in 2014.
Groups are already gearing up on each side of the ballot measures, especially on the TABOR refund measure.
Republicans and conservative groups like the Independence Institute and Colorado Rising Action strongly oppose the measure, while Democrats and left-leaning think tanks like the Bell Policy Center and Colorado Fiscal Institute want the measure to pass.