GOP leg­is­la­tors’ re­fusal to fund Colorado’s new aid- in- dy­ing law

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Carla J. Wil­son, Ca­role Bolduc,

“Ef­forts by GOP help shape spend­ing,” March 29 news story.

With all due re­spect to Repub­li­cans in the Gen­eral Assem­bly­who voted to with­hold funds for spend­ing that vi­o­lates their so­cial con­ser­va­tive be­liefs, Iwould re­mind them— and their Demo­cratic col­leagues— that they­were not elected to vote their con­science. They were elected to rep­re­sent the vot­ers in their districts.

Vot­ers statewide ap­proved the aid- in- dy­ing bal­lot ini­tia­tive by 2- 1, with 65 per­cent vot­ing for it. There were very few coun­ties where the ini­tia­tive was de­feated, and only by a small per­cent­age. Vot­ing to with­hold spend­ing dis­re­gards the will of the peo­ple and can­not be char­ac­ter­ized as rep­re­sent­ing the elec­torate.

Per­haps the rules need to change. This is hardly the demo­cratic process en­vi­sioned by the Found­ing Fa­thers in estab­lish­ing a repub­li­can gov­ern­ment.

B B B I’d like to knowwho these three Repub­li­can se­na­tors on the Joint Bud­getCom­mit­tee think they are block­ing the fund­ing forColorado’s aid- in­dy­ing law. These folks are voted to the leg­is­la­ture to rep­re­sent the peo­ple, not their own opin­ions. That lawwas ap­proved by 65 per­cent of the vot­ers. Why dowe vote­whenwe have holierthan- thou peo­ple in po­si­tions to over­turn­whatwe­want?

Three GOP leg­is­la­tors on the state bud­get com­mit­tee voted against fund­ing the costs as­so­ci­at­ed­with Colorado’s voter- ap­proved aid- in- dy­ing law. Den­ver Post file

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