Amendments 60 & 61 and Proposition 101

Quite the controversy is brewing over upcoming November Amendments 60 and 61, as well as proposition 101. According to the Bell Policy Institute and the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute website (www., “Amendment 60 will immediately overturn decisions approved by local voters and will undermine the ability of local voters to invest in their own community.” Whereas Amendment 61, “will greatly discourage public investment in Colorado and will limit the use of sound, responsible financial tools. It will prohibit the state from borrowing of any kind and will place severe limitations on local government borrowing, effectively halting public construction in Colorado.” Finally, Proposition 101, “will jeopardize the state and local governments' ability to provide essential public services by significantly reducing fees that go primarily to K-12 education, transportation, and local governments.” From all indications, most organizations are against the three measures.
For example, the Board of Directors of the Colorado River Water Conservation District and the Southwestern Water Conservation District wrote resolutions in opposition to Amendments 60, 61, and Proposition 101. Additional local organizations opposing the measures include the: Durango 9-R School Board, Durango Chamber of Commerce, Fort Lewis College Trustees, La Plata County Republicans, La Plata County Republicans, League of Women Voters, and Region 9 Economic Development. At the state level a small sampling of opposition includes: Club 20, Colorado AARP, and the Colorado Farm Bureau.  
With so much opposition, how did these measures end up on the ballot? Mark Neuman-Lee, an Analyst with the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, had this to say “Combined, the three measures apparently received over 400,000 signatures to get on the ballot. Typically, this effort would costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, the proponents claimed that it was done on an all volunteer basis.” Says Lee, “we know that to be untrue; this way they are hiding the actual funders and organizers.” A recent Denver Post article indicates the courts are connecting Douglas Bruce to the measures. Bruce, a tax-bashing activist and former state lawmaker, led the campaign for Colorado's Taxpayers Bill of Rights almost 20 years ago.