PROPOSITION BB HAS PASSED
The statewide ballot measure, Proposition BB, has overwhelmingly passed by voters. As of 8pm tonight, the ballot measure passed with 67% of voters voting yes to 33% of voters voting no (536,018 votes YES to 268,265 votes NO.) The ballot measure gives permission for the state to keep and spend $66.1 million dollars in tax revenue generated from legal cannabis, rather than returning the money to citizens in the form of small rebates. According to the Denver Post, the measure “will send the first $40 million to school construction and $12 million designated for youth and substance abuse programs. The remaining $14.1 million goes to discretionary accounts controlled by lawmakers. If the measure failed, taxpayers would have received a $25 million rebate — ranging from $6-$16 per person, depending on income level — and another $41 million would return to marijuana growers and recreational users through tax breaks.”
I think it’s interesting that this vote basically counters the Tax Payers Bill of Rights (TABOR) and that voters will vote for Proposition BB in such numbers but still support TABOR fundamentally. Most overrides of TABOR don’t do well on the ballot. But since this ballot measure tied the cannabis tax revenue to school construction, it was an easy decision for most voters. It was a feel good decision for voters. In any case, I am thrilled that Proposition BB has passed!
The Three Jefferson County School Board Members on the Ballot for Recall Have All Been Recalled By Voters
Ken Witt – RECALLED-64% Yes, to 36% No
John Newkirk- RECALLED- 64% Yes, to 36% No
Julie Williams- RECALLED-64% Yes, to 36% No