If you're still hanging onto your mail in ballot, it's time to get it filled out and now deliver it to a drop off site! We have a quick review of some of the more prominent ballot issues on this week's show.
We also have a review of Tuesday's Fix the Debt event with former Senator Alan Simpson and Maya Mac Guineas, working for a responsible federal budget.
Referendum 2A College Matters is a College Affordability Program (CAP) intended to increase access to college and completion of degrees by providing scholarship reimbursements, student loan debt relief grants, and support services.
A sales tax increase, which is roughly less than a penny per ten dollar purchase would generate $10.6 per year to create and fund a city-funded organization to manage the scholarship program and other features of the measure.
Ben Kelly, a member of the campaign organization for 2A joins us to explain the referendum. He emphasizes that the program is designed on a pay-for-performance model, meaning students only get the funds if they maintain academic standards while in college.
You can learn more about 2A by visiting denvercollegematters.com
Referendum 2C would help improve National Western Center, home of the Stock Show and Rodeo, as well as a partnership with Colorado State University and various other improvements.
By continuing an existing visitors tax on hotel stays and rental cars, the revenue would be used to establish a world-class hub for agricultural research, veterinary medicine and lifelong learning in conjunction with CSU, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and History Colorado. National Western Center would build a new Equestrian Center, Livestock Event Center and new concert venues among other improvements.
Paul Andrews, President and CEO of National Western explains that the tax revenue would also fund a clean up of the South Platte River, while creating access to the riverfront and open space as well as build bridges and roads to connect the historic neighborhoods of Globeville, Elyria and Swansea to new transit stations and to central Denver.
Read more about 2c at www.smartdealfordenver.com
1A for DIA is a referendum to allow for new development at Denver International Airport. Erik Hansen, an Adams County Commissioner joins us to explain the issue. In short, an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Denver and Adams county supports commercial development on 1,500 acres of land around the airport. To do so, Denver will contribute $10 million to Adams County Municipalities. The tax revenues from new businesses will evenly distributed between surrounding cities.
The 1A initiative will not require any new taxes, but will require voter approval from both Denver and Adams County voters.
Learn more about 1A at Yes for 1A
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