Children’s Campaign attends press conference urging Coloradans to vote no on Proposition 109.
Proposition 109 won’t fix Colorado’s roads, but it will cost us. With no sustainable way to repay the bonds issued by Prop 109, Colorado must set aside $260 million each year for the next two decades. This will force deep cuts to state spending on schools, hospitals, public colleges, and child care. Programs that support child development, like health care, education, and preschool will be among the first on the chopping block when the state budget takes a turn for the worse. Moreover, this approach would support only projects that are limited only to roads and bridges—and without funding for public or multi-modal transportation. We have heard from our visits across the state this fall about the importance of public transit options in linking people in rural areas to jobs and crucial health services. This proposal is not responsive to the needs of Colorado communities. Vote no on proposition 109 and educate your friends, families and community members to do the same. To learn more about the competing transportation initatives on the ballot this year and the Children’s Campaign’s position on them, click here. To read a comprehensive explainer from the Colorado Sun, click here.