Tuesday, February 21, 2006

AARP urges rejection of TABOR

Oregon's chapter of the AARP is asking Oregonians to reject TABOR:

"Tabor sounds great, but it's really a taxpayer's bill of baloney," said Johnnie Martin, AARP Oregon advocacy volunteer. "TABOR may sound good in theory, but in practice it's terrible."

According to Our Oregon, TABOR is being pushed on the citizens of Oregon by DC power broker Grover Norquist and the other national group "Americans for limited government". Not one dime of the funding for this measure has come from Oregon.

The AARP is basing its rejection of TABOR in part based on it's massive failure in the State of Colorado:

Colorado ranks 47th in K-12 education funding as a share of state income.

- Colorado ranks 50th in the nation in on-time immunization rates.

- The share of low-income individuals enrolled in Medicaid is lower than in all but five other states.

- Colorado has eliminated its affordable housing loans and grants program.

- Due to underfunding, court hearings that are required by statute to occur within two days of a filing routinely take 30 days.

The citizens of Colorado voted to roll back TABOR in their state over the next five years in order to keep their state from having to enact massive budget cuts that would have crippled state services.