2016 Ballot Measures: Our Positions
Our Board of Directors has adopted the following positions on measures before voters in the 2016 General Election:
Amendment 72, Increase Tobacco Tax: This measure would raise money for critical unmet health needs for all Coloradans, especially those most impacted by tobacco use. It will also fully fund tobacco education programs to reduce smoking, particularly among young people, and discourage the use of tobacco by young Coloradans. Read more about our position here.
Amendment 70, Increase Minimum Wage: Decades of research show that children who experience poverty are more likely to have health problems, more likely to start school at a disadvantage, less likely to graduate high school on time and more likely to live in poverty as an adult. Unfortunately, poverty and the challenges that often accompany it—a lack of access to healthy foods, crowded or substandard housing and high levels of stress, for example—are preventing too many Colorado children from being able to reach their goals. The Colorado Children’s Campaign Board of Directors and staff support Amendment 70, which would gradually increase the minimum wage $12 per hour, because it would raise the incomes of thousands of families living in poverty and enable them to access more opportunity for their children. Click here to read more.
Colorado Priorities, revenue for education (removed from ballot): Leaders of an effort to direct more state revenue to education, transportation and other priorities decided to withdraw the proposal from the fall ballot. The Colorado Priorities campaign said in a statement that competition for financial support and a crowded primary election ballot were behind the decision to withdraw the measure. If approved by voters, the measure would have allowed the state to spend certain revenue on important services like education, rather than return the money to tax payers as rebates. The Colorado Children’s Campaign Board of Directors had endorsed the measure and we remain committed to ensuring investments in Colorado kids are a priority.
Amendment 69, ColoradoCare: While providing a noble vision for Colorado’s health care system, ColoradoCare lacks the details necessary to provide a reasonable chance of success at improving health care for Colorado’s kids. The amendment insufficiently contemplates the details of the federal waiver process, does not address interaction with the most common type of employer-sponsored health coverage, and lacks financial and political stability. Click here to read our analysis of the measure.
Make Your Voice Heard
In November 2016, Colorado voters will consider a number of issues important to kids. It’s up to each of us to research the issues on our ballots, and to reach out to candidates as early and as often as possible and ask them to make Colorado kids a priority in their campaigns and legislative agendas. We’ve compiled some tools to help you, including:
- Sharing positions the Colorado Children’s Campaign Board of Directors has taken on ballot measures (see above).
- Tips on making your voice heard when you reach out to candidates and elected representatives.
- Maps where you can zoom in on your residence to see who is running to represent you in the Colorado Senate and Colorado House of Representatives. Or search your district here.
- Senate, House, and Congressional district-specific fact sheets for on child well-being to share with candidates and representatives.
- A reminder to register to vote or check on your voting status.
We hope you join the Children’s Campaign in reaching out to these candidate before the election with data and information about child well-being so that they can do their homework, establish or refine their positions, and be well informed policy-makers before they get to work. Thank you for your partnership in this effort!