Letters: Another proposition rejected for schools, roads (11/10/19)

Another proposition rejected for schools, roads

Re: “Push to end TABOR refunds doesn’t pass,” Nov. 6 news story

Great to see that Proposition CC was voted down. After seeing my property taxes increase by $900 in two years, I’m wondering why there’s never enough money for state spending. But then I remember that progressive Jared Polis is governor, Democrats are in control of the House and Senate and taxes are never high enough. Being retired, $900 is real money to me. Sure don’t want Colorado to be like California.

Paul Leinhos, Westminster

It never ceases to amaze me that people will vote against any issue regarding taxes but support any issue dealing with gambling and casinos. People would rather go to Central City and Black Hawk to dump their hard-earned money into the hands of millionaires running the casinos than pay taxes for street maintenance and schools. Wow! The federal government and the states are missing something — they should just open federally owned casinos in every city and do away with taxes altogether. Never mind that those making the casino owners rich are middle class and minimum wage earners. Wealthy people don’t throw their money that way.

Shirley Schley, Denver

Do most Colorado voters really understand they just voted to get less than $100 per year in tax refunds instead of providing our state with hundreds of millions of dollars to use for transportation projects and support for education, both K-12 and higher ed?

Did any parents not vote, believing that our schools don’t need additional funding for added security, mental health support, added technology, and cost of living increases? Tuition for higher education was funded by significantly greater taxpayer support, and now it’s paid with student debt.

Widening highways with tolls sounds good until you realize that people resent that alternative. The Koch Brothers, Jon Caldara and the Independence Institute, and the continued drumbeat of anti-taxation did it again. We “coulda and shoulda” supported children and struggling families, but didn’t. For what?

Mark Zaitz, Denver