Heated Debate Continues Over Referenda C and D

The general election in Colorado is still more than two months away, but the discussion on two of the November ballot issues is just starting to heat up. The Grand Junction Chapter of the American Business Women's Association met for its monthly meeting, Thursday.

They were joined by State Senator Ron Teck, (R)-Grand Junction, State Representative Bernie Buescher, (D)-Grand Junction, and State Representative Josh Penry, (R)-Grand Junction, as well as local business man Alan Farina.

The four debated the pros and cons of Referenda C and D. The topic has been red hot in recent weeks. Last night, the Grand Junction City Council voted to support both measures that would allow the state to keep and spend more tax dollars.

Those in favor say the measures need to pass in order to build back the programs that were cut when the state fell into a recession after the attacks of September 11th.

Those against C and D say there are other ways to solve the state's fiscal crunch. Referendum C would lift the restrictions of TABOR or the Tax Payer's Bill of Rights for five years, allowing the state to keep a projected $3.1 billion dollars in excess revenue.

D, which is contingent upon the passing of C, would let the state borrow up to $2.1 dollars for roads, school maintenance, and the Police and Fire Pension Fund.

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