Several Initiatives Affecting Working Families on Colorado Ballot This November

September 2, 2012 -- FRESC
Photo of Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech

FRESC hosted its former program director, City Councilwoman Robin Kniech, at a Measure 2A Q&A with union members, leading to the Denver Area Labor Federation’s endorsement. 

Colorado’s ballot may not break any records for length this year, but working families voters here have a few important issues before them.  FRESC joined a coalition in collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to fight back against the Citizens United decision.  If certified and placed on the ballot, Initiative 82, part of Common Cause’s national Amend 2012 campaign, gives voters the opportunity to tell Congress to support a constitutional amendment that promotes a level playing field in campaign finance.  FRESC supports campaign contribution limits because corporate dollars are drowning out the voices of working people.

In Denver at the urging of Mayor Michael Hancock, the City Council has put on the November ballot a measure to recover essential services lost during the recession and to eliminate the city’s budget deficit.  FRESC and our allies know that government needs resources to address the needs of working families and communities of color.  If passed, Measure 2A would release Denver from the anti-government “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” and allow Denver to keep the property taxes that it currently collects.  This means 100 new police and fire recruits, 300 miles of city streets resurfaced, afterschool programs for Denver’s children, and no more furlough days for city employees.  FRESC has already secured the support of more than ten Denver-based community organizations and testified in support of Measure 2A before City Council on August 20.  FRESC also hosted its former program director, City Councilwoman Robin Kniech, at a Measure 2A Q&A with union members, leading to the Denver Area Labor Federation’s endorsement.  

Measure 2A, Initiative 82 if certified, and a few other ballot measures will be included in the coordinated voter engagement program Engage 2012.  FRESC and eight other 501(c)(3) organizations, ranging from the immigrant rights movement to the reproductive justice movement and beyond, are once again coordinating voter outreach.  Under the guidance of the Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable, Engage will reach 200,000 voters of color, women voters, and young voters.  Together, these rising American electorate voters can make a difference on Measure 2A and other initiatives.   Their participation in the election is one more step toward building power for their communities for the long term.