The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice has taken positions on a city ballot issue and a number of state issues in the 2018 election.
Yes on Boulder City Ballot Question 2G:
This amendment to the City Charter would allow the use of electronic petitions and online signing for initiative, referendum and recall petitions. This online process would be less arduous and expensive, increase participation and democracy, and enable citizens to thoroughly read and review petitions before they sign them.
Yes on Amendment A
This would eliminate a clause in the Colorado Constitution that allows slavery and involuntary servitude for people convicted of a crime. Involuntary labor has long been exploited by prisons and corporations. This needs to stop.
Yes on Amendment V
RMPJC supports lowering the age to 21 to serve in the Colorado General Assembly. Twenty-one-year-olds are considered adults and should be allowed to serve.
Undecided on Amendments Y and Z
Amendment Y changes the way the state’s congressional district maps are redrawn following the census. Amendment Z does the same as Y for state legislative redistricting. The RMPJC is undecided on Y and Z at this point, although we had earlier taken a favorable position. Our position will be on our website at rmpjc.org by Monday.
Yes on Amendment 73
This amendment raises new funding for public schools by increasing income tax rates on the wealthy and by raising corporate tax rates. RMPJC supports funding for public education because education promotes equality, justice and democracy. We also support progressive income taxes because the rich can afford to pay more.
No on Amendment 74
Amendment 74 requires that the government award compensation to owners of private property whenever a government law or regulation reduces the market value of their property. We oppose this because it places property rights above human rights and requires governments to pay corporate polluters for laws that protect the public.
No on Amendment 75
Amendment 75 allows all candidates to collect five times the level of individual contributions currently authorized when another candidate loans or contributes at least $1 million to his or her own campaign. Allowing rich people to put more money into campaigns is not the solution to self-funded campaigns by millionaires. We need public financing across the board, not more money in politics.
Yes on Proposition 111
This would lower the maximum authorized finance charge for payday loans to no more than 36 percent annual percentage rate. Payday lenders take advantage of vulnerable families by charging rates as high as 200 percent. This is predatory and plain wrong.
Yes on Proposition 112
Proposition 112 is a statewide statutory law that would establish buffer zones between fracking and occupied buildings like homes and schools and areas of special concern like playgrounds and drinking water sources. Health studies show harmful effects to people within a half mile of fracking operations. We believe health and safety concerns come before profits.
For more info on state ballot issues, go to leg.colorado.gov/bluebook. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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