Letter to the Editor
Weld County Board of Commissioners
Opposition to Prop EE – Taxes on Nicotine Products
It’s time for the Colorado Legislature to stop using our children as props in their attempt to dig into our pockets and take our hard-earned money. Proposition EE, essentially a sin tax, increases taxes on vaping products under the guise of needing that money to fund public schools and free preschool.
Why do the public education coffers need more money? Well, as the ballot question reads it is to “help offset revenue that has been lost as a result of the economic impacts related to COVID-19”.
Why do legislators think you’ll vote for it? Because it plays off your emotions: education is good (do it for the children); vaping is bad.
The Weld County Board of Commissioners asks you to look at Proposition EE not from an emotional viewpoint, but from a logical viewpoint. Proposition EE, or any tax hike for that matter, should not serve as a bandage for poor legislative decisions. You don’t start a program like free preschool without securing the funding first – not after. You don’t impose policies that harm businesses, particularly our service industries and employees, and then turn around and raise their taxes because tax revenue from those businesses is down.
The problem with Prop EE is that its loose wording leaves the door open for misuse. “Initially using the tax revenue for…and then for…” Prop EE is just another legislative funding black hole.
We oppose Proposition EE. The legislation’s attempt to grab the low hanging fruit from those most harmed economically by our current situation is wrong. The lack of public discussion and debate on the legislation when introduced at the 11th hour of the 2020 session is wrong. EE is wrong. Vote no.
Steve Moreno, Pro-Tem on behalf of the entire Board of Weld County Commissioners