The TABOR Committee urges a NO vote on Proposition 119, “Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program.”
The initiated measure would change state law to increase taxes by $137.6 Million on marijuana. Proceeds would go to a new program and agency to fund K-12 after-school activities.
That this concept includes voucher-like opportunities is a good, but insufficient reason to support the measure. Yet another new centralized state government program is unlikely to solve the problems, will have a significant administrative burden and necessarily get bogged down in red tape, funding too much bureaucracy and too little programming. Additionally, ever-higher taxes on marijuana will encourage the lower-cost, criminal underground market for pot.