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Amendment 66 backers get big checks from Bloomberg charity, Melinda Gates (Colorado)
The Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | October 28, 2013 | Megan Schrader

Posted on 10/29/2013 7:47:47 AM PDT by beaversmom

DENVER - In the final week before voters decide on Amendment 66, the campaign supporting the education tax increase received $2 million in donations from Melinda Gates and a charity run by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"It is a testament to the breadth and depth of our reforms that Colorado has attracted the attention of business leaders across the country," Gov. John Hickenlooper said of the donations.

The donations from out-of-state, wealthy and politically-connected Democrats drew criticism from conservatives opposed to the tax increase.

"Billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg should have realized by now that he can't buy Colorado politics," said Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado.

Bloomberg was a top donor in September to two embattled state senators who were facing recall elections over gun legislation they supported during the 2013 legislative session. Senators John Morse and Angela Giron lost their seats despite outspending those trying to oust them.

Bloomberg's donation for the Amendment 66 came from the Bloomberg Philanthropies, a New York non-profit.

The check came from Melinda Gates personally, not the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is actively promoting education reform and improvement across the United States.

"Amendment 66 will bring a number of important policy reforms that should drive student achievement and provide Colorado students the education they need and deserve," said Bill and Melinda Gates in a statement released by the campaign.

Colorado Commits to Kids - the yes on Amendment 66 campaign - has so far spent $9.4 million according to a campaign finance report submitted Monday.

That money has paid for TV and radio ads, but also a door-to-door campaign encouraging voters to support the $950 million increase in personal income taxes.

Coloradans for Real Education Reform, which opposes the tax increase, had not submitted its Oct. 28 report by 5 p.m.; it had until midnight to file.

As of Oct. 15, the group had reported spending $6,853.

Amendment 66 would increase the state income tax rate from 4.63 percent to 5 percent and it would also create a second tax bracket for all income over $75,000, which would be taxed at 5.9 percent.

The tax increase would generate $950 million, all of which would be directed to local school districts.

Most of the money would go to districts with large numbers of at-risk students who are living in poverty, are learning English as a second language or have a learning disability.

Another huge chunk of the funds would increase the state-wide per-pupil funding level to a minimum amount, while also ensuring no school districts lose funding under the new education finance formula.

Every registered voter has received a mail in ballot for the Nov. 5 election; completed ballots can be dropped off at any of the El Paso County voter service centers or mailed back. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Tuesday.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 66; amendment66; bloomberg; gates; melinda; melindagates; michaelbloomberg; tax; taxforunions

1 posted on 10/29/2013 7:47:47 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: george76; laplata; dynachrome; RandallFlagg; Colorado Doug

CO ping


2 posted on 10/29/2013 7:48:38 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Colorado gives $2B to illegals through welfare then blackmails voters into tax increases for the “kids/schools”

Chickenpooper you should be in jail.


3 posted on 10/29/2013 7:50:29 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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Related:

Rosen: Reasons to nix Amendment 66
By Mike Rosen

http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_24276154/rosen-reasons-nix-amendment-66


4 posted on 10/29/2013 7:51:08 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

I would not be so uptight about more money sinking into the public education black hole if some intelligence escaped from it once in a while. This will cost the average family a lot more than they are publicly saying.


5 posted on 10/29/2013 7:52:18 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: mountainlion
Chickenpooper you should be in jail.

At the very least...and a thousand more like him across the country.

6 posted on 10/29/2013 7:53:01 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Melinda Gates is funding this because she knows that via the Common Core database scheme her company will end up with much of this tax increase.


7 posted on 10/29/2013 7:55:36 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: DonaldC
This will cost the average family a lot more than they are publicly saying.

It always does. I know the people that get freebies for every facet of their life don't care, but when will working people learn that these people can't be trusted. All it takes is a little reading. I'm hoping with the shock from notices of health insurance increases the majority will be in no mood for this increase.

8 posted on 10/29/2013 7:56:20 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

I’d be honored if you added me to your CO ping list.


9 posted on 10/29/2013 7:58:15 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: MileHi; dhs12345; neverdem; ColoCowgirl; RandallFlagg; dynachrome; beaversmom; GSWarrior; ...

Colorado Ping ( Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)


10 posted on 10/29/2013 7:59:26 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Zathras; george76
I’d be honored if you added me to your CO ping list.

Sure! George76 runs that so I will ping him you would like to be added. :)

George76, Zathras would like to be put on the Colorado ping list.

11 posted on 10/29/2013 8:00:29 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: george76
Thanks

"It is a testament to the breadth and depth of our reforms that Colorado has attracted the attention of business leaders across the country," Gov. John Hickenlooper said of the donations.

Delusional dork.

12 posted on 10/29/2013 8:03:39 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: MileHi
"It is a testament to the breadth and depth of our reforms that Colorado has attracted the attention of business leaders across the country," Gov. John Hickenlooper said of the donations.

Yeah, to stay out of Colorado. Trying to do California Part II!

13 posted on 10/29/2013 8:05:12 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

“Trying to do California Part II! “

Huge problem here and to a large degree, they have succeeded. :(


14 posted on 10/29/2013 8:07:48 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: beaversmom
Back in 2000, the Gates Foundation looked at a series of reading programs that are the best in the nation, one of which is considered the Cadillac of reading programs among the homeschooling world. They passed on them all, which meant they were not interested in funding any effort to make them better known. Instead, they became interested in furthering the goals of Common Core.

The people who they have working at the Gates foundation all came from the Clinton administration.

15 posted on 10/29/2013 8:08:39 AM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: Slyfox
The people who they have working at the Gates foundation all came from the Clinton administration.

Nice gig! Hope they all get their "rewards" someday!

16 posted on 10/29/2013 8:10:49 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
Could Bloomberg just please go broke already.

Stay out of my state, putz!

17 posted on 10/29/2013 8:16:38 AM PDT by MissTed ( Private Tagline - Do Not Read!)
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To: beaversmom

Douglas County is doing reform, and they don’t need bloomys bucks.


18 posted on 10/29/2013 8:20:17 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: beaversmom
Mike Rosen is good to go.

John Hickenlooper is NOT good to go.

19 posted on 10/29/2013 8:26:34 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Rock, paper, scissors, GUN. I win.)
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To: MileHi

What is happening in Douglas County? Weren’t they doing vouchers, or trying to do them, among other things?


20 posted on 10/29/2013 8:26:38 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: real saxophonist

Rosen always gets it right on these kind of things. Hope you are doing well RS. :)


21 posted on 10/29/2013 8:29:04 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
They elected a majority of conservatives to the board. The board let the union contract expire and now teachers are there, and paid, on their merits.
22 posted on 10/29/2013 8:29:37 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: MileHi
The board let the union contract expire and now teachers are there, and paid, on their merits.

Wow! Good for them. Just like a real job!

23 posted on 10/29/2013 8:30:54 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom; MileHi

I’m doing okay, and I know MileHi, from way back in the Tyranny Response Team days.


24 posted on 10/29/2013 8:39:34 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Rock, paper, scissors, GUN. I win.)
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To: real saxophonist

Hope yer good Sax!


25 posted on 10/29/2013 8:42:24 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: beaversmom
Amendment 66 would increase the state income tax rate from 4.63 percent to 5 percent and it would also create a second tax bracket for all income over $75,000, which would be taxed at 5.9 percent.

As everyone who was paying attention predicted, that "1%" just turned into the entire middle class.

26 posted on 10/29/2013 8:42:57 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
As everyone who was paying attention predicted, that "1%" just turned into the entire middle class.

Yep, the war has been against us all along.

27 posted on 10/29/2013 8:45:47 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: real saxophonist
I’m doing okay, and I know MileHi, from way back in the Tyranny Response Team days.

Nice. I seem to remember hearing something about the TRT long ago.

28 posted on 10/29/2013 8:46:46 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

It will be nice to defeat Bloomy twice in one year, here in Colorado.

Amendment 66 is simply a tool to enrich the Unions, backfill their pension coffers, overturn the Tabor Amendment, and is only the first installment on Progressive State Tax.

It DOES NOTHING FOR THE KIDS!!
They LIE about the intent of the law, and those constraints are NOT WRITTEN INTO THE LAW.


29 posted on 10/29/2013 8:52:37 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: beaversmom

chickenpoophead recently said he diidn’t want bloomberg money in the next anti-gun nut recall election (since it helped so much on the first 2) but now he wants bloomberg money so he can raise taxes for all the classes the teachers unions cut. i’m all for art classes, music classes, and more REAL gym time and they could afford it IF they cut the bs classes and administration overhead and fire incompetent teachers and ease mostly dumbass education class requirements for teachers.you don’t need a BA in education to teach high school chemistry. you need a BS in chemistry and some teaching knowhow. i could teach history as well as at least half the current history teachers and probably know more than half the current history teachers (maybe mnore as i don’t use Zinn’s POS history book)


30 posted on 10/29/2013 8:53:31 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: bravo whiskey
It DOES NOTHING FOR THE KIDS!!

I'm hearing the sweetsie commercials on the radio about all the wonderful things it willdo. I just have to mutter bad words. It makes me want to puke, but even more so that people buy it!

31 posted on 10/29/2013 8:56:19 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: bravo whiskey; G Larry

Oops sorry BW, meant that prior response to GL, but you can see it, too. :)


32 posted on 10/29/2013 9:00:15 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
The advertisement states that it will only cost the average family $122. ONLY? That is a lot of money these days. Especially when Obamacare kicks in and we are going to need every penny to pay for the much higher health insurance premiums that we are now forced to pay.
33 posted on 10/29/2013 10:38:53 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: beaversmom

Bummer. You must have a Facebook account to post. We dumped our months ago.


34 posted on 10/29/2013 10:50:09 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: beaversmom; george76

Thanks, beaversmom and george76. The more debt/revenues they take, the more trouble they can make. Not only 66, but all tax hike efforts will get a no from me, until we see much more respect for property rights, new, small production business starts and more respect in general.


35 posted on 10/29/2013 5:26:35 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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