#153 Transportation Funding Through a Sales Tax increase – Just VOTE NO!

Joshua Sharf nails it again. Just say “No” to increasing the state sales tax to pay for what you’re already paying for: roads and bridges. ~ Chris Holbert

Read this article from Complete Colorado about this Regressive, unstable funding scheme.

Kim Monson from Lone Tree shares Why We Don’t Need a Tax Hike to Fix Colorado’s Highways Read all about it in the Colorado Politics August 14th publication –

Ballot Language for Proposed Initiative #153
Read the proposed ballot initiative here

VOTE NO on Initiative #153- a HUGE sales tax increase is bad for Colorado!

Check back often! This page will be updated as we learn more.

From the WSJ – Tax Revenues Are Higher – Individual receipts were up 7.9% in the first 10 months of fiscal 2018.

The reduction in tax rates in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has resulted in an increase in tax revenue.

Anyone who argues that the tax rate cuts are causing an increase in the deficit doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Spending is the problem and needs to be reeled in.

Here is the link to the original article in the WSJ

By The Editorial Board at the Wall Street Journal
Aug. 10, 2018 6:58 p.m. ET

Perhaps you’ve read that the federal budget deficit is rising again, and that’s true. But what you probably haven’t heard is that the main reason is spending, not falling revenue from tax cuts.

The Congressional Budget Office released its budget summary for July this week, and the deficit for the first 10 months of fiscal 2018 reached $682 billion, up $116 billion from a year earlier. Federal spending increased by $143 billion for all the usual reasons—especially Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

But revenues were higher as well—up $26 billion. Corporate income taxes were down substantially as expected in the wake of the tax reform that cut the corporate rate and added 100% expensing. But individual income taxes increased by $104 billion, or 7.9%, despite the cut in individual tax rates. How could that be? CBO says one reason is that withholding from paychecks increased by $32 billion, which “largely reflects increases in wages and salaries.” In other words, a faster-growing economy employed more people who made more money.

Individual tax receipts were down a bit in July but that was more than offset by record revenue in April, the biggest month for tax receipts. Meanwhile, don’t believe everything you read about tax reform and deficits. Higher spending is the real problem.

Appeared in the August 11, 2018, print edition as ‘Revenues Are Higher.’

Douglas County Republican Picnic – Sign Up Now!

Don’t miss this fun annual Douglas County Republican family event at the Beautiful Wiens Ranch in Perry Park! Mark you calendars and plan to attend!

Saturday, August 25th, from 11:00am – 3:00pm
Purchase event tickets HERE !
5567 S. Perry Park Road, Sedalia
$15 per person, or $25 per Family
Please bring a Side Dish to share

* Enjoy GAMES!
* Meet & Mingel with other awesome folks who want to Turn Colorado Red Again!
* Dunk elected officials in the DUNK TANK!
* Speak with local elected officials and candidates, get to know them!

Charity charitygarza@gmail.com to help
Barb sommerbarb@gmail.com to donate a yummy dessert for the auction

Socialized Healthcare in CO: Polis has a different plan for himself!!!

Read this article from Colorado Peak Politics. VOTE for WALKER STAPLETON

THIS WON’T HURT A BIT: Polis Owns Private Escape Hatch From Hellish Socialized Medicine Scheme

“While simultaneously trying to force Coloradans into a type of third-world socialized medicine scheme, Polis is investing in a cross-border escape hatch for rich people like him who can’t be bothered by death panels, months-long wait times for treatment, and care providers with the attitude of DMV workers.”

Jared Polis Bringing Universal Healthcare to Colorado, read the Aspen Times Article HERE

Medicaid Expansion

Who pays for all of this? … a question liberals don’t seem to ask.

Truly not what all the Obamacare supporters say its cracked up to be….

Check out this article: Britain’s Inability to Handle Last Year’s Flu Season Shows Perils of Socialized Medicine from the Daily Signal.

The Declaration of Independence: Tom Krannawitter takes us on a deep dive into understanding this incredible document!

Would you like to learn more about our founding documents?

Dr. Krannawitter is now President of Speakeasy Ideas, combining a deep knowledge of political and economic history, an insatiable appetite for learning, and an extraordinary gift for teaching the great ideas that have fueled human progress.

Watch this 48 minute educational video SIA 101.1: Declaration of Independence Pt I
This is part 1 of 9 in the Speak Easy lecture series on the Political Science of the American Founding.

PRINT this handout to go along with the video for part 1.

You can find the additional 8 videos in the series on the Speak Easy Ideas website


Watch this 1 hour and 16 minute lesson from the CATO Institute-
CATO University 2016: Why the Declaration of Independence Was Right

How Does Your Precinct Lean? Detailed Voter Map of the 2016 Presidential Election

Check out this Interactive Voter Map from the New York Times!

You can view as large as the entire country, or by county, or as detailed as the total number of votes in the precinct for each Presidential Candidate in 2016.

We have work to do!
We have voters to reach!
We have Republican candidates to promote!

Reach out to Tanne Blackburn, Douglas County GOP chairperson, to learn how you can help.


Civics – Funding Government

Discretionary spending

Discretionary spending is debated through the annual budget and appropriations process and funds programs such as education, veterans, infrastructure and defense. Discretionary programs equal only 27% of all federal dollars allocated each year when Congress sets the funding priorities. In 2016, close to 16% of the federal budget went to fund the National Defense, so other discretionary spending was only approximately 11% of the$3.85 trillion budget.

Congressman Thomas Massie, from Kentucky, on Government Shutdowns

How does a small faction of Congress take government spending hostage and demand legislation unrelated to the funding bill?

Is this how the funding process is supposed to work?

How do we avoid this in the future?

Why is it important to pass separate appropriation bills for the various portions of the government?

Congressman Thomas Massie answers those questions and more in this short video! (Created, January 22, 2018)

*Congressional Budget Act is 12 separate appropriation bills to determine how to budget the DISCRETIONARY spending from the federal budget.
*Omnibus is one vote on all of them at once, AKA Continuing Resolution (CR)

Automatic Spending

The rest of the federal budget is ‘automatic spending’, meaning deducted from the federal budget through scheduled payments because the government is legally required to do so. Federal “automatic” payments in 2016 constituted approximately 73% of the budget.

Some examples of “automatic” spending are:

Social Security
Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)
Income security programs (e.g. SNAP, TANF, Earned Income Tax Credit)
Interest on the national debt

In the chart below, you’ll see the percentage of the budget broken down by each government program that is deemed ‘automatic’.

~ from the Entitlements brief on the Policy Circle website

Amendment 73 – Douglas County Likely Most Affected

Education Funding at the expense of the few.

Curious which counties will likely be hit the hardest if amendment 73 passes? #1 Douglas, #2 Elbert, #3 Broomfield, #4 Eagle and #5 Pitkin. Here’s a chart from statisticalatlas.com showing Household Income greater than $100k by County as a percent of their total population.

Understand more by watching this video from Prager University
The Progressive Income Tax: A tale of Three Brothers by Prager University

** NOTE: This was formerly known as Amendment 93, so if you see information about 93, know that it is referring to amendment 73

Vote NO on Amendment 73 (formerly amendment 93) – Not IF, but WHEN !!

Education Funding at the expense of the few.

Are you a family earning less than $150k per year, and thrilled at the thought of not paying for the personal income tax increases proposed under amendment 73?

Think again.

The additional Colorado tax brackets added under amendment 73 do not appear to be annually adjusted for inflation.

What does this mean??

As you and your partner get those raises and your professional career advances, it’s only a matter of time before you too will pay these taxes.

This Initiative, if passed, becomes Colorado’s version of the former federal alternative minimum tax (or AMT) trap.

Therefore, in the beginning while perhaps only 2% of Coloradan’s will pay the income tax increase, as Colorado’s economy booms and wages increase, the number affected by this tax WILL increase over time.
~ Andy Jones

Understand more by watching this short video from Prager University

The Progressive Income Tax: A tale of three brothers