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Why is America in Debt??????

These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting.

Read to the end.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy — $445 million annual savings.

Save America ‘s Treasures Program — $25 million annual savings.

International Fund for Ireland — $17 million annual savings.

Legal Services Corporation — $420 million annual savings.

National Endowment for the Arts — $167.5 million annual savings.

National Endowment for the Humanities — $167.5 million annual savings.

Hope VI Program — $250 million annual savings.

* Amtrak Subsidies — $1.565 billion annual savings.

* Eliminate duplicating education programs — H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon ,eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.

* U.S. Trade Development Agency — $55 million annual savings.

* Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy — $20 million annual savings.

* Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding — $47 million annual savings.

* John C. Stennis Center Subsidy — $430,000 annual savings.

* Community Development Fund — $4.5 billion annual savings.

* Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid — $24 million annual savings.

* Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half — $7.5 billion annual savings

* Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% — $600 million annual savings.

* Essential Air Service — $150 million annual savings.

* Technology Innovation Program — $70 million annual savings.

*Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program — $125 million annual savings..

* Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization — $530 million annual savings.

* Beach Replenishment — $95 million annual savings.

* New Starts Transit — $2 billion annual savings.

* Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts — $9 million annual savings

* Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants — $2.5 billion annual savings.

* Title X Family Planning — $318 million annual savings.

* Appalachian Regional Commission — $76 million annual savings.

* Economic Development Administration — $293 million annual savings.

* Programs under the National and Community Services Act — $1.15 billion annual savings.

* Applied Research at Department of Energy — $1.27 billion annual savings.

* Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership — $200 million annual savings..

* Energy Star Program — $52 million annual savings.

*Economic Assistance to Egypt — $250 million annually.

* U.S. Agency for International Development — $1.39 billion annual savings.

* General Assistance to District of Columbia — $210 million annual savings.

* Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — $150 million annual savings.

*Presidential Campaign Fund — $775 million savings over ten years.

* No funding for federal office space acquisition — $864 million annual savings.

* End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.

* Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act — More than $1 billion annually.

* IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury,

instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget — $1.8 billion savings over ten years.

*Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees — $1 billion total savings. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS ABOUT?

* Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees — $1.2 billion savings over ten years.

* Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of — $15 billion total savings.

*Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress. WHAT? You gotta be shixxxxx me??

* Eliminate Mohair Subsidies — $1 million annual savings. MOHAIR?!?!?!

*Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — $12.5 million annual savings. WELL ISN’T THAT SPECIAL????

* Eliminate Market Access Program — $200 million annual savings.

* USDA Sugar Program — $14 million annual savings.

* Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — $93 million annual savings.

* Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program — $56.2 million annual savings.

*Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs — $900 million savings.

* Ready to Learn TV Program — $27 million savings..

* HUD Ph.D. Program.

* Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.

This is a Grand TOTAL SAVING of $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years
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If you were to research any of these payments it is extremely difficult to see who place them in the budget.  If you did find an author,  there would not be any discussion as to why we need to spend our tax dollars on it.  What is happening; is someone from a district contacts their Senator and ask for dollars and then it pops up, added to a bill.   Isn’t paying for votes illegal.  What we as citizens should demand is nothing that spends our dollars can be added to a standard bill.  All expenditures must be included in the nation’s budget and the person requesting the expenditure must stand before the citizens and explain why I should spend my dollars to support what ever.

Fayne McDowell

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WoW what a Night

Did you stay up until the great conclusion?  I did; could not turn off the TV.  If you did not, please find and listen to the President elects acceptance speech.  Great.   We now have the control of the House, Senate and the White House.  It is the time in history for US, the people of America.  Keep your signs out and the bumper stickers on, show you support and be proud of what the average person has done.  We didn’t win all but there is always a next time.  We must stay on the backs of those we elected, keep them heading in the right direction.   To the common person, congratulations!  I will soon publish email addresses for all so let them know what we expect-of-them.

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Fayne

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No on Prop 106

No on Prop 106: Keep Government Out of End-of-Life Decisions Proponents of Proposition 106, legalizing doctor-assisted suicide, claim the law has worked well in Oregon and other states. It’s simply not true. If proponents told the truth, Proposition 106 would go down in flames.  Here’s the truth, legalizing doctor-assisted suicide opens the door for insurance companies and the government to get involved with everyone’s end-of-life decisions. In fact, in states where doctor-assisted suicide is legal, insurance companies are already denying more expensive lifesaving medications on a regular basis, offering instead to cover the cost of a doctor-assisted suicide. Consider Stephanie Packer of California, the 33 year-old mother of four, who was denied a life-extending chemotherapy drug, but was approved for the $1.20 co-pay for doctor-assisted suicide drugs. Or Barbara Wagner of Oregon who was denied lifesaving drugs prescribed by her doctor but received a letter encouraging her to explore doctor-assisted suicide by the Oregon Health Plan. Or physician Dr. William Toffler of Oregon who regularly sees more expensive life-extending drugs rejected by insurance companies but doctor-assisted suicide drugs always covered. Proposition 106 has no protections against insurance companies or the government denying lifesaving treatment to patients who want nothing to do with doctor-assisted suicide. Similar laws in other states have given insurance companies and the government the power to choose who will live and who will die. Insurance companies in Colorado have already raised health-insurance rates by an average of 20% for individual buyers for 2017. In rural parts of Colorado, premiums will jump by 40%. It is estimated that 92,000 people, nearly one in five Coloradans will have to shop for new insurance as insurance companies leave the Obamacare exchange. It’s clear that medical insurance costs are going up and coverage is going down. Now doctor-assisted suicide could be an option for insurance companies and the government to reduce coverage and cut costs. Time and time again, people who want nothing to do with doctor-assisted suicide are forced to consider it because insurance companies deny the more expensive lifesaving drugs. What kind of choice is it for Coloradans when the option to live is removed? Doctor-assisted suicide removes the choice to live from too many people. Coloradans should not support the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide. Bottom line, Proposition 106 gives insurance companies and the government more power over everyone’s end-of-life decisions. This is clear – we must reject Proposition 106.

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Fayne McDowell

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Vote—–Vote—–Vote——–

Have you voted?  I hope so but if you haven’t there is time.  Drop off at the Ellicott School or take you ballot to town and find a voting poll.  Here is the link to locating them (https://gop.com/).  Here is our closest one:

Security Fire Dept
400 Security Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
7AM – 7PM

In a few more hours, we can remove the pins from our noses.  But we must remember it is the future of our country.  It sadden me that so many individuals seem to be so misinformed or decide based on such weak reasons.  Each time I go to town and a is a car with HC sticker on their car, I try to speak to them.  I ask them why have they decided on the Dem vote and I’m so surprised.  “it is time for a woman, she cares for us, she is for our children, she will provide us more and better”, Not a single person and I have asked 38 individuals can give me a smart reason.  Even when I ask them about all the false and failed efforts she has done, I ask them to give me anything she has done for this country.  As of today these are the best:  she has improved our health care, she wants to reduce our taxes and she understands us.  Folks please vote!

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Fayne McDowell

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Our Suggestions

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Our Voting Recommendations for November 8, 2016

For brevity, We will be voting NO on each of the Amendments and Propositions. Nearly all would move Colorado towards a more socialized form of government and further limit the citizen’s liberties.

Trump/Pence — YES

Why I am voting for Trump/Pence:

  • Allowed key organizations to fashion the most conservative Republican Platform ever.
  • Not hostile to Religious freedom
  • Strongly Pro-Life
  • Committed to upholding strong immigration laws. See Ten-point plan here.
  • Committed to using a group of committed religious leaders to provide advice on moral/ethical issues
  • Committed to removing the “Johnson Amendment” which pastors have allowed themselves to muffle any “politically-related” speech
  • Committed to appointing Supreme Court Justices that will uphold the Constitution
  • Strong advocate for 2nd Amendment
  • Committed to strengthening our National Defense
  • Committed to reversing Obamacare and major healthcare reform
  • Committed to School Choice
  • Committed to “Extreme vetting” of new entrants to our country
  • Will dramatically increase our armed forces
  • Solid supporter of Israel
  • Will “upset” the status quo
  • Will place American First when dealing with other countries
  • America’s Most Honorable Men Stand With Trump

Hillary has jeopardized our country by her lies and total disregard for National Security. There is too much at stake in this election that will affect the future of the U.S for good or bad. For those of you who consider yourselves Christians, there is NO reason for you to stay home. As a citizen, we must engage in our country’s selection of its leaders. There should be no alternative. Darryl Glenn for U.S. Congress Colorado State Senate and House seats voting for ALL Senate and House Republicans.

NO on Amendment T: No Exception to Involuntary Servitude Prohibition A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution Seems to be being driven by those wanting to eventually classify prison labor as “slave labor” in order for those in Dept. of Corrections to be paid higher wages for work done during incarceration or when performing community service. Has potential for increased state spending.

NO on Amendment U: Exempt Certain Possessory Interests from Property Taxes A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution This minor reform would cost government more to administer than taxpayers would save.

NO, NO, NO on AMENDMENT 69: State-wide Health-Care System A proposed an Amendment to the State Constitution MASSIVE new taxes will result if Amendment 69 is passed. There are numerous reasons why this should not pass. First, the ballot title calls it a $25 billion tax, for the first year alone. It is a 10% tax on ALL income, with few exceptions. Conservative estimates anticipate the cost to taxpayer to balloon by tens of billions of dollars in the first ten years, requiring higher taxes, higher co-pays and eventually rationing of care.

No on Amendment 70: State Minimum Wage A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution This measure proposes increasing the hourly wages to be increased from $9.30 per hour, at the rate of $0.90 per year until the year 2020, bringing the minimum wage up to $12 per hour. This will significantly hurt businesses who hire unskilled employees. Many of these businesses will take other measures, such as automating repetitive jobs in order to avoid higher wages. Fewer obs will mean more welfare costs. Mandating higher wages favors labor unions and higher-skilled workers at the expense of minorities and youth. These higher wages are simply passed on to the purchasers of goods and services including those workers themselves.

No on Amendment 71: Requirements for Constitutional Amendments A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution This Amendment is a TROJAN HORSE. For years, the Establishment has tried to come up with a way to remove Colorado’s TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS, known as the TABOR Amendment. At first glance, for the uninformed, this Amendment seems justified in keeping changes to Colorado’s Constitution to a minimum, however, the amendment language has a clause that states that the new rules requiring a 55% majority “shall not apply to an initiated constitutional amendment that is limited to repealing, in whole or in part, any any provision of this Constitution.”Many believe that this small sentence will be the undoing of TABOR at some point. Click here to learn about TABOR.

No on Amendment 72: Increase Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution Another Tax increase? Amendment 72 would add a a significant tax on a pack of twenty cigarettes Should not be an issue in the Constitution. This will increase government’s regulatory power and create a black market in cigarettes as it has for Marijuana.

NO on Proposition 106: Access to Medical Aid-in-Dying Medication A proposed Amendment tot the State Statutes Compassionate-sounding BUT would endanger elderly and disabled persons while subverting the medical profession from its high calling of saving lives, not ending them. Colorado has already addressed this issue in legislation several years ago by allowing physicians the latitude of prescribing enough pain medication to relieve pain and suffering for the terminally ill, except when its use becomes an intentional ending of life. This Amendment would legalize physician assisted suicide, but also does not have enough exemptions in place for rights of conscience when a physician or pharmacist cannot, due to deeply held beliefs, prescribe or fill a prescription for the lethal drug. Providers are given some opportunity to opt out, but are also forced to participate in part of the process (such as turning medical records over to another doctor to prescribe the drug.)

No on Proposition 107: Presidential Primary Elections A proposed Amendment to the State Statutes Proposition 107 diminishes the value of the caucus system, a goal by Progressives by adding a potentially contentious election right in the middle of the caucus and assembly season. It would also be a recipe for significant political mischief. Letting individuals from outside a political party help pick that party’s nominee is an a terrible idea.

Proposition 108: Unaffiliated Voter Participation in Primary Elections A proposed Amendment to the State Statutes.  This is not necessary, and will cause unnecessary confusion. Unaffiliated voter can choose to affiliate on the same day as voting, and there is nothing to keep that voter from switching back to unaffiliated after casting the ballot.

JUDGES Your ballot includes judge retention votes.

Consider voting NO to:  Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Michael H. Berger Colorado Supreme Court Justice William Hood

In 2015, Judge Michael H. Berger two other judges of the Colorado Court of Appeals held that Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop must create same-sex wedding cakes. Mr. Phillips, a Christian, disagrees with same-sex marriage. Mr. Phillips appealed this decision to the Colorado Supreme Court. In 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of Jack Phillips by a vote of 4-2 with one abstention. Justice William W. Hood voted to deny Mr. Phillips™ request for an appeal. The case is now on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

(I will likely vote NO on all except a YES on David Furman)

4th Judicial District Judges

NO on Grohs

NO on Wilson

Again, these are just my recommendations.

Be responsible for 10 others- make sure they VOTE!

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Fayne

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Bernie In Full support of Amend 69

Friend,

Colorado common sense has always served our great state well, and a bipartisan lineup of Democrats and Republicans are standing on the side of common sense this fall and against the single-payer health care initiative known as Amendment 69.

Amendment 69 is a government-run health care plan that would double the state budget through a $25 billion tax increase and establish a massive new bureaucracy in Colorado. It would give us the highest income tax rate in the nation, and be run by a group of 21 politicians with little to no accountability.

Simply put, Colorado can’t afford Amendment 69.

As Co-Chairman of the No on 69 campaign along with former Democratic Governor Bill Ritter, I’ve been traveling across Colorado all summer educating Coloradans on the devastating impact Amendment 69 would have on our state.

Unfortunately, there are still those who would like to use Colorado as a guinea pig for unproven and dangerous policies like Amendment 69.

Look no further than Senator Bernie Sanders’ recent decision to endorse this economically catastrophic initiative that would harm our economy and threaten Coloradans health care freedom.

Senator Sanders should know better considering his home state of Vermont tried a single-payer system, which was quickly abandoned by their pro-single-payer Governor after it became clear it would bust the state budget and be too complicated for one state to administer.

When you receive your ballot this fall, remember that Colorado common sense has served our state well in the past and that Amendment 69 is about as far away from a common sense policy as possible.

We’ll need help from Coloradans of every political party to defeat Amendment 69 so please take a moment to visit www.ColoradansforColoradans.com for more information or to donate to this important effort.

 

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Thank God for Texas, Guess Colorado is still in the Bathroom

Judge Halts Obama Administration’s Transgender-Student Rules Nationwide

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A Texas federal judge issued a nationwide order late Sunday, temporarily halting application of the Obama administration’s guidance on transgender students while a 13-state legal challenge on the issue, led by Texas, is decided.

The case is one of a number of legal challenges related to the May guidance, in which the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice said that, under Title IX, public schools must allow transgender students to use single-sex restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, even if it differs from their sex at birth. A related case, brought by a transgender Virginia student, may be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor sided with Texas and 12 other state plaintiffs in his order for a temporary injunction, which bars the federal agencies from enforcing the guidance and from from initiating civil rights investigations in schools based on their interpretation that Title IX’s discrimination protections apply to gender identity until he makes final judgment on the case.

The case centers largely on whether the federal agencies followed the proper process for rule making. The state plaintiffs argued that, under the Administrative Procedures Act, the departments were required to provide opportunity for notice and comment before setting a rule. But the federal agencies argued that they were merely interpreting an existing regulation. Previously, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia took the Obama Administration’s side, citing precedent and arguing that it was proper to defer to the federal interpretation of the law.

But the Texas court found “that the plain meaning of the term sex as used in [a regulation relating to sex-segregated school restrooms] when it was enacted by DOE following passage of Title IX meant the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth” and not the gender students identify with.

O’Connor ruled that a temporary injunction was appropriate in the multi-state case, one of two that are currently before federal courts.

“The Court concludes Plaintiffs have established that the failure to grant an injunction will place them in the position of either maintaining their current policies in the face of the federal government’s view that they are violating the law, or changing them to comply with the Guidelines and cede their authority over this issue,” O’Connor wrote.

A spokesperson for the Education Department directed questions on the ruling to the Department of Justice.

“The department is disappointed in the court’s decision, and we are reviewing our options,” a Justice Department spokesperson said in a statement.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and organizations advocating for transgender students also responded to the decision Monday.

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Fayne

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Calandra Vargas

 

Why am I running? Because voters deserve a choice and I believe you have a clear choice on June 28th: a man who’s held a political office for over 21 years or a liberty-minded citizen that believes you deserve a voice.

 

 

Who is Calandra Vargas and what happened at state assembly? Watch this short video: youtu.be/5llDgNE5YoU

Why am I running? Because voters deserve a choice and I believe you have a clear choice on June 28th: a man who’s held a political office for over 21 years or a liberty-minded citizen that believes you deserve a voice.   Not only will I be a 100% reliable conservative vote, I will be an outspoken advocate of our conservative cause at a national level. How can we secure a constitutional government if we can’t get a majority? How can we get a majority if citizens don’t vote for us? I am the ONLY candidate that can build respect and ensure participation of voters from every generation.   Washington is broken because political elitists have forgotten about the people they are supposed to represent. Our taxes continue to increase.  Businesses are suffocating because of government regulations. Our military has been disrespected and our veterans are not getting the care they deserve. Entitlement spending keeps increasing. Washington funds corrupt agencies that do not serve the people! Enough is enough. What happened to liberty?   Republicans have the majority in the House but they would rather fight with each other, think about their own job security, or cave in to liberal policies than work to be a unified Party we can all be proud of.   We need liberty-minded citizens to step up and hold our political parties and elected leaders accountable to the Constitution and to the values we hold dear. The people have the right to be represented.   I’m ready for a new era in Washington and in the Republican Party, aren’t you?

My focus in Congress will be:

·        Build and maintain relationships with YOU, the people of CD5.

·        Coordinate with our local government and the state officials.

·        Make sure Social Security is protected for those who paid into it.

·        Stand up for our farmers and ranchers and secure water rights.

·        Fully repeal Obamacare to help businesses and families.

·        Move to a FLAT tax system and abolish the IRS so working people can thrive.

·        Demand that states rights are protected from federal overreach.

·        Ensure that the VA is held responsible and actually serves our veterans.

·        Responsibly develop our natural resources and protect our environment.

·        Call for term limits in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

·        Secure our national security both at home and abroad.

·        Defund unconstitutional federal agencies and special interest programs.

·        Ensure Colorado has what it needs for natural disaster response.

This race isn’t about me or Mr. Lamborn, its about US. I’m ready to carry the torch of liberty for my generation and for the future of the Republican Party.  Please vote for me and send a message to the American public that Republicans are willing to do what it takes to take back our country!   For Liberty AND Justice, Calandra Rochelle Vargas P.S. Listen to my speech that almost knocked Lamborn completely off the ballot! youtu.be/7KhrvLypA70   Would you help us get out the vote? Your generous contribution goes towards reaching citizens and spreading our message of liberty. Click here to donate and thank you!   Make checks out to CMTE to Elect Calandra Vargas and send them to PO BOX 88318 Colorado Springs CO 80908.   Email Calandra at CalandraforCongress@gmail.com to join the CORE TEAM.

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Dear Friends, we lose a leader

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that Randy Licht, one of our elected alternates to the national convention, passed away while playing rugby on Sunday. He collapsed on the field and was unable to be revived.

Randy and I served on the El Paso County Republican Party Executive Committee together. I knew him to be a man of integrity who treated people with kindness and respect. He was a devoted Republican who worked tirelessly as a party volunteer. His presence will be missed.

Randy was an El Paso County Republican Party Bonus Member, Precinct Leader (311), Senate District Chair (SD9), and County Commission District Chair (CCD1).

As a loyal supporter of Ted Cruz, Randy spoke of how important it was to him that our party oversees a fair convention. He would have served our state well as a member of our national delegation.

Here is what Representative Dan Nordberg (HD14) posted on Facebook, reminding us all of Randy’s legacy to the Republican party:

“Randolph Licht was a statesman and unabashed champion for conservative values. Regardless of day or time, he always showed up at the Capitol to testify in support of pro-life legislation. To him, the issue was deeply personal and his testimony on the adoption of his beautiful daughter from China always resonated across party lines. He lived by his convictions and we’re all the better for it. God Bless you Randy and know you will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.”

Randy leaves behind a wife and two children. Please keep his family in your prayers during this most difficult time.

 

Regards,

Kathryn Porter El Paso County Republican Party Executive Committee Member Colorado GOP State Central Committee Member

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I knew Randy, he was an honest voice that enjoyed life.  We all need to take this lost as a warning, we are not guaranteed tomorrow.  We all need to be ready.  Pray for the family.

Fayne

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My fellow Republicans

 Your El Paso County Republican Central Committee and Executive Committee have both voted unanimously to oppose Amendment 69. We want you to understand why you must vote “NO” in November on this atrocious assault on your freedom and on your pocketbook. It’s especially important that we communicate this message because the initiative’s supporters have been pretending that Amendment 69 is the antidote to Obamacare, when, in fact, it would be even worse. Amendment 69 is a proposed state constitutional amendment that will appear on your November 2016 ballot. It would create “ColoradoCare,” a single-payer, government run health care system in Colorado. It is socialized medicine, pure and simple, and a hostile takeover of your health care. It will increase your costs, limit your access, and wreck our health care quality. Here are some key facts. (1) ColoradoCare would increase the state income tax to 14.63%, which would be the single highest state income tax in the United States. (2) It would crush business with an additional 6.67% tax on the total payroll of all employers and an additional 3.33% payroll tax on all employees. (3) ColoradoCare would literally double the state budget by adding another $25 billion in annual spending. For more information about ColoradoCare, visit the El Paso County Republican Party’s website here.

In liberty, Jeff Hays Chairman, El Paso County Republican Party

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