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C and D make sense for state

In one of the most interesting campaigns to come down the road in quite some time, voters are faced with a decision that could help shape the future on many fronts.Referendums C and D have stirred the political pot for months. Decision time is here and a yes vote is the way to go.The state of Colorado has battled financial problems for years and it’s reached a point where citizens will start seriously feeling the brunt of those problems unless Refs C and D pass.In a rare situation politically, Refs C and D have experienced strong bipartisan support. Spearheaded by Gov. Bill Owens, the push for C and D isn’t about giving politicians more power. It’s about avoiding a possible disastrous situation.With the current budget crisis, higher education programs will suffer and tuition rates will skyrocket. Nonprofit organizations and health care programs will find funding scarce. Even recreation could be impacted, with state parks like Rifle Gap facing seasonal closures to save money.If Refs C and D passes, taxpayers won’t receive their annual refund of extra tax dollars the state doesn’t use, as mandated by the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights passed in 1992. The state will keep the money and spend it on education, transportation, fire and police pensions, and other needs.If Referendum D is approved, it will allow the state to borrow more than $2 billion for transportation projects, public school and higher education buildings, and local fire and police pensions. It would take effect only if Referendum C passes.The state’s financial situation creates a number of problems, including a major dilemma when emergency services can’t respond to a disaster the magnitude of hurricanes Rita or Katrina.Colorado citizens will be greatly impacted if the state’s financial woes continue.Refs C and D makes sense. The price is small and the benefits are large.Vote yes on Referendums C and D.

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