Denver (AP) Several environmental groups are banding together to support the temporary relaxation of state budget restraints. The groups Tuesday announced their endorsements of Referenda C and D. The November ballot issues would lift constitutional spending and tax limits for five years.
Environmentalists say the limits are threatening Colorado's air and water quality, as budgets for state staff and enforcement are slashed. They contend that failure to pass the measures will increase air pollution, and drain money for open space and parks.
Opponents say the measures would amount to a tax increase. Voters will be asked to let the state keep revenue which exceeds caps in the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. That money would otherwise be refunded to taxpayers.
The measures would also allow the state to keep a little over $3 billion dollars in tax revenue, and borrow up to roughly $2 billion dollars for roads, schools and other projects.
The groups backing C and D include:
Center for Resource Conservation
Colorado Conservation Voters
Colorado Environmental Coalition
Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter
Western Colorado Congress
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