Voting Insights by Summit County Republican Women on State of CO and Summit County 2018 Ballot Amendments and Propositions

Summit County Republican Women

Positions on  Amendments & Propositions for 2018 State of Colorado Ballot & Summit County

These are amended notes from a discussion that we had at our October SCRW meeting.  We encourage our members and friends to continue to research and ask questions before casting your  vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  We’ve also included the recommendations from the Centennial Institute 2018 Voter Guide.

Here is a summary from the members present who provided their opinions.

Proposition 109 Authorizes transportation bonds WITHOUT tax increase

  • Total repayment including P&I to $5.2 billion over 20 years
  • Transparency and accountability as each project is specified
  • Vote YES
  • CI says YES

Proposition 110 Authorizes transportation bonds WITH tax increase

  • Increases sales tax
  • Borrow up to $6 billion for transportation projects with repayment to $9.4 billion over 20 years
  • Vote NO
  • CI says NO

Proposition 111 amending the Colorado statutes thorough review by Charlotte Jacobsen

  • Reduce the total cost for a payday loan to a 36 percent annual percentage and
  • Expand what constitutes unfair deceptive trade practices
  • Unnecessary because state legislature passed reforms in 2010 that already lead to fewer defaults and reduced loan costs
  • Vote NO
  • CI is neutral on this one.

Proposition 112 pros & cons thorough review presented by Debra Irvine.

  • Statutory ballot measure that if passed, will establish a 2,500 foot setback between oil and natural gas development & occupied structures or other vulnerable areas
  • Would kill up to 147,00 good-paying jobs in CO by 2030 with up to 43,000 jobs being lost in the first year alone
  • Vote NO
  • CI says NO

Amendments:

A          Civil Rights & Constitutional Language

  • Removes language that currently allows slavery & involuntary servitude
  • Against states it’s redundant so may have minimal impact
  • Vote YES
  • CI says YES

V          Legislator minimum age from 25 to 21

  • Current age strikes an appropriate balance between youth and experience
  • Vote NO
  • No input from CI

Y and Z   Y is Congressional redistricting and Z is legislative redistricting & the ones our group did not agree on.

  • Pertains to gerrymandering that may stack the deck to one political party over another
  • A nonpartisan staff will be selected to include 4 Democrats, 4 Republicans & 4 Unaffiliated.
  • 8 of the 12 must approve the redistricting map.
  • Per Kim McGahey it depends on who is in power; if the Democrats like they are now, Vote YES (Kim) but if Republicans are in power, vote NO.
  • Per Debra Irvine, Vote NO. Not so cut and dry; need to do more of your own research!
  • CI says YES

73        Funding for Public Schools

  • Establishes tax brackets and raises taxes to fund education
  • Vote NO
  • CI says NO

74        Compensation for Reduction in Fair Market Value by Government Law or Regulation

  • Property taxes and fracking
  • This amendment is in response to Proposition 112 so it offsets; Vote NO on 112 and YES on this one just in case 112 does pass.
  • Property value will be harmed by government action.
  • Vote YES
  • CI says Vote YES

75        Campaign Contributions

  • Outside Democratic supporting groups spend more than the Republicans right now.
  • Vote NO says Kim.
  • CI says YES
  • Eric says YES

1A        Property tax increase of $15 Million + over five years

  • Funds four local initiatives: wildfire mitigation, mental health & suicide prevention, infrastructure repairs, early childhood education, recycling and waste diversion.
  • Though these are admirable causes, this is a big bill that the county commissioners are trying to push through. There have been many letters to the editor on this topic, urging a No vote to force the county to split these issues into separate bills and be more transparent about how the money would be spent.

Vote NO

Trump’s List: 289 accomplishments in just 20 months, ‘relentless’ promise-keeping

By Paul Bedard, October 12, 2018, Washington Examiner

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/trumps-list-289-accomplishments-in-just-20-months-relentless-promise-keeping

The Trump administration’s often overlooked list of achievements has surpassed those of former President Ronald Reagan at this time and more than doubled since the last tally of accomplishments after his first year in office, giving President Trump a solid platform to run for re-election on.

As Trump nears the two-year mark of his historic election and conducts political rallies around the country, during which he talks up his wins in hopes it will energize Republican voters, the administration has counted up 289 accomplishments in 18 categories, capped by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

They include 173 major wins, such as adding more than 4 million jobs, and another 116 smaller victories, some with outsize importance, such as the 83 percent one-year increase in arrests of MS-13 gang members.

“Trump’s successes in reducing the cost of taxes and regulations, rebuilding our military, avoiding wars of choice and changing the courts rival those of all previous Republican presidents,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“Trump has an advantage over Ronald Reagan: He has a Reagan Republican House and Senate while Reagan had a [Democratic Speaker] Tip O’Neill House and a pre-Reagan Republican Senate. Reagan and [former GOP Speaker] Newt Gingrich were the ice breakers that allowed Trump’s victories to grow in number and significance,” he added.

Unlike the Year One list which included many proposals and orders still to be acted on, the new collection includes dozens of actions already in place, signed legislation, and enforced executive orders.

Unemployment Rates for States under the Trump/Republican Administration

Unemployment Rates for States under the Trump/Republican Administration

From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unemployment Rates for States, Seasonally Adjusted
State August 2018(p) Rank
rate
Hawaii 2.1 1
Iowa 2.5 2
North Dakota 2.6 3
New Hampshire 2.7 4
Idaho 2.8 5
Nebraska 2.8 5
Vermont 2.8 5
Colorado 2.9 8
Minnesota 2.9 8
South Dakota 3 10
Virginia 3 10
Wisconsin 3 10
Utah 3.1 13
Maine 3.2 14
Kansas 3.3 15
Missouri 3.3 15
South Carolina 3.4 17
Indiana 3.5 18
Arkansas 3.6 19
Massachusetts 3.6 19
Montana 3.6 19
Tennessee 3.6 19
Florida 3.7 23
Oklahoma 3.7 23
Georgia 3.8 25
Oregon 3.8 25
Delaware 3.9 27
North Carolina 3.9 27
Texas 3.9 27
Wyoming 3.9 27
Rhode Island 4 31
Alabama 4.1 32
Illinois 4.1 32
Michigan 4.1 32
Pennsylvania 4.1 32
California 4.2 36
Maryland 4.2 36
New Jersey 4.2 36
New York 4.2 36
Connecticut 4.3 40
Kentucky 4.4 41
Nevada 4.5 42
Washington 4.5 42
Arizona 4.6 44
New Mexico 4.6 44
Ohio 4.6 44
Mississippi 4.8 47
Louisiana 5 48
West Virginia 5.3 49
District of Columbia 5.6 50
Alaska 6.7 51

Hispanic/Latino Unemployment Rates – Lowest in History Under President Trump and Republicans

Graphs and Charts from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Data extracted on: October 4, 2018 (12:49:06 PM)

Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

Seasonally Adjusted
Series title:        (Seas) Unemployment Rate – Hispanic or Latino
Labor force status:  Unemployment rate
Age:                 16 years and over
Ethnic origin:       Hispanic or Latino

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2008 6.3 6.2 6.9 7.1 6.9 7.6 7.5 8.0 8.0 8.8 8.7 9.4
2009 10.1 11.3 11.7 11.4 12.3 12.1 12.5 13.0 12.6 12.8 12.4 12.8
2010 12.9 12.7 12.9 12.5 12.0 12.3 12.2 12.0 12.3 12.3 12.9 12.9
2011 12.3 11.8 11.6 11.9 11.6 11.5 11.2 11.2 11.2 11.3 11.2 11.1
2012 10.7 10.9 10.6 10.3 10.9 10.9 10.2 10.1 9.7 10.0 9.9 9.6
2013 9.7 9.7 9.3 9.0 9.0 9.1 9.4 9.2 8.8 9.1 8.7 8.3
2014 8.3 8.2 7.9 7.3 7.7 7.7 7.7 7.4 6.8 6.8 6.6 6.4
2015 6.7 6.8 6.8 6.9 6.8 6.7 6.9 6.6 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.2
2016 5.9 5.4 5.6 6.2 5.6 5.9 5.4 5.6 6.4 5.7 5.7 5.9
2017 5.9 5.6 5.1 5.2 5.2 4.8 5.1 5.1 5.1 4.8 4.8 4.9
2018 5.0 4.9 5.1 4.8 4.9 4.6 4.5 4.7        

Fact Sheet – Booming Economy under President Trump!

Fact Sheet:

The Economy is booming under President Trump and the Republican Party, creating jobs, wage growth, and personal wealth.

  1. The unemployment rate was at 3.9 percent in August.
  2. The unemployment rates for Hispanics/Latinos, Blacks, and Asians are the lowest in history.
  3. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (3.5 percent), adult women (3.6 percent), teenagers (12.8 percent), Whites (3.4 percent), Blacks (6.3 percent), Asians (3.0 percent) and Hispanics (4.7 percent).
  4. The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit record highs more than 80 times under President Trump/Republicans, including closing higher than 26,000 points for the first time in history. This benefits most individual retirement plans, pension plans, and individual investors.
  5. Since President Trump’s election, more than $5 trillion in wealth has been created for the U.S. economy.
  1. President Trump signed an Executive Order that expanded apprenticeships, recognizing the need for more quality alternatives to four-year college degrees. The Executive Order set in motion a new process that makes it easier for businesses to create apprenticeship programs, providing many more Americans access to an affordable education that leads to a well-paying job.
  2. The Trump Administration prioritized the economic empowerment of women as a key element of its commitment to economic growth and gender equality. This year, the Small Business Administration loaned approximately $500 million more than last year in capital to women-owned businesses.
  3. President Trump has rolled back unnecessary job-killing regulations. In 2017, President Trump far exceeded his promise to eliminate regulations at a two-to-one ratio, issuing 22 deregulatory actions for every new regulatory action. This has led to business growth and jobs.
  4. Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed historic tax cuts and relief for hard-working Americans. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
  • Is the first major tax reform signed in 30 years.
  • Federal revenues are increasing as the economy grows. April 2018 had a record surplus of $214 billion.
  • Over 500 companies have announced bonuses, wage increases, and new investments.
  • Businesses have invested $482 billion in new, American projects and employees.
  • More than 4.8 million workers received increased wages or bonuses (3.7 percent of all private workers).
  • Provided $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to individuals.
  • American families received $3.2 trillion in gross tax cuts and saw the child tax credit double.
  • A family of four making $73,000 will get a cut of over $2,000-cutting their taxes in half.
  • Nearly doubled the standard deduction.
  • Repealed Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate
  1. President Trump and the Republican Party are unleashing economic growth and jobs. During Trump’s first year, nearly 3 million new jobs were created since January 2017 and the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, the first time below 4 percent in 18 years.
  • The manufacturing industry has created more than 300,000 jobs.
  • 337,000 construction jobs have been created since President Trump took office, and construction employment stands at its highest level since June 2008.
  • Fourteen states reached record low unemployment rates.
  • Job openings have reached 6.6 million, the highest level recorded. This competition should drive wage growth.
  • Jobless claims reached the lowest level in 45 years (1973).
  • The number of people dependent on food stamps has fallen by 2.6 million or 6.2 percent since January 2017.
  • The number of people receiving unemployment benefits is running at the lowest level in 45 years.
  • The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has averaged 3 percent growth the last three quarters. At the end of July, it was 4.2 percent. Under President Obama, GDP averaged 1.9 percent.

Employment Data

From Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, August 2018

The unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent in August.

  1. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (3.5 percent), adult women (3.6 percent), teenagers (12.8 percent), Whites (3.4 percent), Blacks (6.3 percent), Asians (3.0 percent) and Hispanics (4.7 percent).
  2. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) is 1.3 million. Over the year, the number of long-term unemployed has declined by 403,000.
  3. Professional and business service added 519,000 jobs over the year.
  4. Health care has added 301,000 jobs over the year.
  5. Wholesale trade employment increase by 99,000 over the year.
  6. Employment in transportation and warehousing rose by 173,000 over the past 12 months.
  7. Mining employment has added 104,000 since October 2016, almost entirely in support activities for mining.
  8. Employment in construction has increased by 297,000 over the year.
  9. Average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls has increased by 77 cents or 2.9 percent.