2018 Voter Guide

Sean KendallEndorsements

Candidate Endorsement

PLAN – Boulder endorses Matt Jones for Boulder County Commissioner District 3
State Amendments and Propositions PLAN—Boulder Position
Amendment Y: Congressional Redistricting FOR this measure; it supports good governance.
Amendment Z: Legislative Redistricting (State House) FOR this measure; it supports good governance.
Amendment A: Prohibit Slavery and Involuntary Servitude in All Circumstances FOR this measure
Amendment 73: Funding for Public Schools FOR this measure, with reservations. Many rural school districts in Colorado operate on 4-day per week schedule because of reduced funding. The measure writes substantial changes to the tax code increases the corporate tax rate, creates a graduated income tax system with those making $150,000 or more and reduces property tax rates for commercial (29% to 24%) and residential (7.2 to 7%) property tax rates. The need for more funding for schools is clear and we believe this measure will achieve that.
Amendment 74: Just Compensation for Reduction in Fair Market Value by Government Law or Regulation Strongly AGAINST this measure. PLAN – Boulder believes passing this measure could hamstring affordable housing, alternative transportation, and energy efficiency efforts in our community and across the state.
Amendment 75:  Constitutional Campaign Contributions AGAINST this measure. PLAN – Boulder believes passing this measure would inflate the amount of  “dark” money spent in local elections.
Proposition 109: Statutory Authorize Bonds for Transportation Projects AGAINST this measure. There is no specified way to pay for it; and the proposition focuses only on roads and cars, not alternative or multi-modal transportation. The constraints inherent in the state budget mean this measure would force drastic cuts to funding for higher education.
Proposition 110: Increase Sales taxes to Support Transportation Projects AGAINST this measure. This is a state-wide sales tax increase to fund (85%) automobile transportation projects. The percentage assigned to multi-modal transportation is far too small, and it does not take climate change into account.
Proposition 111: Statutory Payday Loans FOR this measure, with reservations. It is an improvement over the current state but does not go far enough.
Proposition 112: Statutory Setback Requirement for Oil and Gas Development Strongly FOR this measure.

 

Local Measures PLAN—Boulder Position
Issue 1A: Alternative Sentencing Facility and Jail Modernization Countywide Sales and Use Tax Extension FOR this measure; the need for expanded and modernized jail facilities and physical and mental health assistance is clear.
Issue 7G: Increase in Property Tax to support Urban Drainage and Flood Control Projects FOR this measure.
Issue 2C: Oil and Gas Pollution Tax FOR this measure.
Issue 2D: Sugar Sweetened Beverages Tax Revenues FOR this measure, which allows the City to collect and use revenue collected in excess of original expectations.
Question 2E: Initiative Referendum and Recall Process FOR this measure; it supports good governance.
Question 2F: Initiative Petition Signature Verification FOR this measure; it supports good governance.
Question 2G: Electronic petitions FOR this measure. It lowers the barriers to petitioning and could decrease instances of fraud should City Council elect to implement
Question 2H: Advisory Commissions FOR this measure.
Question 2I: Planning Department Budget Recommendations FOR this measure.