November 3, 2011

Colorado’s Issue 2 Message to Ohio

Filed under: Economy,Ohio Economy,Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:33 pm

On Tuesday, an attempt to increase the income and sales taxes in Colorado went down in flames by 30 points:

Even some who expected Colorado’s tax vote to fail seemed surprised by how badly it lost. The measure passed in just three of the state’s 64 counties; overall it lost by nearly 30 percentage points, an electoral blowout.

… The school tax on the ballot Tuesday would have raised individual and corporate tax rates from 4.63 percent to 5 percent and Colorado’s sales and use tax rate from 2.9 percent to 3 percent.

Since the Associated Press wouldn’t tell readers anything beyond the rough size of the margin — it went down 63.5% to 35.4% out of nearly 1 million votes cast (no, I don’t know where the other 0.1% went).

Colorado resident Michelle Malkin weighed in after Tuesday’s wipeout (links are in original; bolds are mine):

Voters were mercifully unswayed by the progressive human shield strategy of adorning the job-killing tax hikes with shiny apple images and elementary school kids. Analyst Ben DeGrow noted that contrary to hysterical ed lobby propaganda, total annual expenditures on K-12, adjusted for inflation, from 1999 to 2010 have actually “increased by $3.2 billion or 46 percent. Per pupil spending is up 24 percent.”

Fiscal sanity and the facts trumped teachers’ union demagoguery. Taxpayers in this battleground are not in the mood for more tax-and-spend sinkholes.

We badly need another dose of “Fiscal sanity and the facts trumped teachers’ union (and other union) demagoguery” in Ohio. Buckeye State residents are no more willing or even able to cough up the additional taxes which will inevitably be demanded if we continue with business as usual in the public sector. Instead, we’ll see layoffs in schools and other essential services — the very thing that that the No On Issue 2 crowd claims will happen if Issue 2 passes.

The lopsided nature of the Colorado result may mean that the Issue 2 “no” crowd’s doubts about the strength of their current electoral position revealed last week are quite valid. Why, I haven’t seen a wipeout like the one just seen in Colorado since, well, 2005 in Ohio.

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UPDATE: Polling in Colorado was apparently almost non-existent leading up to the election. A PPP poll done in August showed the ballot issue trailing only two points (47%-45%). Either PPP didn’t find where the opponents or there was a 25-point mood swing in about 50 days. I’d say it’s mostly the former.

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