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LWVCC is helping to sponsor the TR Reid Event and plan to have a LWVCC Information table there. 
Click here to reserve your free seat. 

Save the Date 
LWVCC Annual Picnic  
August 15, 2016, Salida
Invited

State Sen. Kerry Donavon & Repr. Jim Wilson 
&
LWVCC Members & Prospective members 

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Salida members are working on the details.:)  

Think Before You Ink!

Signing Petitions is Not Necessarily a Civic Duty

LWVCO guideline for signing or not signing petitions. 
 

Think Before You Ink
Signing Petitions is Not Necessarily a Civic Duty
 
Currently there are over 20 prospective ballot issues. As a general election approaches, voters are often asked to sign a variety of initiative petitions “just to get it on the ballot so people can vote on it.” This reasoning is inadequate; your signature should be considered at least as valuable as your vote. Far fewer signatures are required to qualify an initiative for the ballot than votes for it to pass.
 
To help you decide whether or not to sign a petition, the League of Women Voters of Colorado offers  these points to consider:
 
Is it complex? Some issues can be decided by a simple “yes” or “no” vote, but complex issues need to be thoroughly examined and debated in a legislative arena — not a grocery store parking lot — before writing onto a ballot. Some initiatives are not well written, or contain conflicts that may require court resolution or interpretation.
 
Whose idea is it? You can find out the designated representatives and registered issue committees on the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Initiatives/titleBoard/index.html.
 
All signature gatherers are required to wear a badge that identifies them as  “volunteer circulator” or “paid circulator”. If the signature gatherer is not wearing a badge, do not sign. If s/he is a paid circulator, the badge should also give the name and phone number of whoever hired her/him.
 
How will it be funded? An unfunded mandate or a recall of an elected official who will be up for reelection soon anyway, may impact other essential programs by diverting budget funds.
 
Does it belong in the Constitution? If an initiative intends to amend the U.S. or state Constitution, consider whether it really belongs there. Is it a fundamental right or principle that should be protected from change? Correcting a constitutional amendment requires another constitutional amendment — and another vote of the people — which is cumbersome and costly.

 
 


Dues Are Due Sept. 1!  

Membership is Sept. 1 to Sept. 1 annually.  

  • Bring a check to the picnic or

  • Send check to Marilyn Box, 33890 Vista Verde, Buena Vista CO 81211

  • Pay with a credit card on our website: lwvchaffeecounty.org

 You will be getting a renewal notice in August. Your membership helps support the work of the 96 year old LWVUS and LWVCO. Let's continue to grow the LWVCC. 

$55.00 per single and $82.50 per household.
 

A Reduced Dues fund was approved by the Leadership Team to help subsidize members with limited incomes. Talk with Rose Mirich or Nancy Hudelson if you know of someone who is a member or would like to join who has a special financial situation. 


 

Leadership Team Members


Gail Brooks,  Marilyn Bouldin, Marilyn Box, Barb Brady,  Libby Fay, Marjie Gray, Scott Hartman, Nancy Hudelson, Rose Mirich, Jan Scar. 


Contact: info@lwvchaffeecounty.org
 

League of Women Voters of Colorado

June 9, 2016


LWVCO SUPPORTS INITIATIVE #117, Retention of Excess State Revenue

By Gerry Cummins LWVCO VP Voter Service and

Nancy Crow LWVCO President Elect

The League of Women Voters of Colorado has taken the position of SUPPORT Initiative #117, Retention of Excess State Revenue.

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INITIATIVE #117:

  • Creates in the general fund the 2016 election general fund exempt account, which consists of state revenues that are in excess of the limitation on state fiscal year spending. 


  • The moneys in the account shall be appropriated as follows: not less than 35% for education including public pre-school through twelfth grade education, vocational education, and higher education; not less than 35% to fund transportation projects; any amounts not spent on education or transportation may only be used to fund mental health services and senior services. 


  • As permitted by TABOR, the approval of Initiative #117 by voters in the November 2016 statewide election constitutes a voter-approved revenue change to allow the retention and expenditure of state revenues in excess of the limitation on state fiscal year spending. The retention of these funds is for 10 years, July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2026. 
THE LWVCO BOARD BASED ITS SUPPORT OF INITIATIVE #117 ON THE FOLLOWING LWVCO FISCAL POLICY- REVENUE POSITION:

    • Support a system to raise revenue, which incorporates social, environmental and economic goals. 


    • Earmarking funds is necessary in some cases but should be used on a limited basis and with discretion. 
RATIONALE FOR THE LWVCO SUPPORTING Initiative #117 


  • LWVCO opposes constitutional amendments that restrict taxes and spending. 
They reduce the ability of elected officials to provide adequate funding for state 
and local government, schools, highways and public welfare programs. 


  • Although the changes from voters and interpretations of TABOR have returned some flexibility to fiscal management, Colorado is still mostly short of revenues 
for essential services. 


Chaffee County 2030 

Fourteen members met May 16 and discussed topics for programs for the coming year beginning in September 12.  In addition to the candidates and issues forums we will focus on topics relating to the growth and health of the county. The title Chaffee County 2030 was chosen.  If you have ideas or speakers related to this topic, please share them with the Leadership Team. 

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Go to
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