What they think: Here’s what candidates say about the state ballot

Amendment 48

Republican U.S. Senate candidate
Bob Schaffer

“This is an issue about an unalienable, a fundamental human right which you don’t put up for a vote. … We don’t vote on Second Amendment Rights. We don’t vote on whether you have a right to free speech. We don’t vote on whether you have a right to life. This is subjecting such a fundamental question about the allocation of rights to the popular opinion. (It) doesn’t accomplish anything.”

Amendment 52

State Rep. Frank McNulty,
R-Highlands Ranch

“We have a huge obligation, about $1.5 billion (in unfunded road maintenance). … Amendment 52 allows us to take that first step in November.”

Amendment 58

State Sen. Josh Penry,
R-Grand Junction

“If we’re going to create new revenue … it seems to me that transportation or higher education ought to be the focus.”

Amendment 59

State Rep. Bernie Buescher,
D-Grand Junction

“We’ve ended up with one thing (in the Colorado Constitution) that says you can’t increase your spending and another thing that says you’ve got to increase spending. That is just logically incompatible. … I think this is a brilliant solution to a good portion of the budget mess that we’ve got.”

State Rep. Steve King,
R-Grand Junction

“I see (Amendment 59) as a foot in the door to get right of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.”

Referendum O

State Rep. Al White, R-Hayden

“The constitution is supposed to be a flexible framework of broad freedoms. We have taken that framework and, with all of these amendments, mudded in the grid work to the point that it’s no longer flexible and has all sorts of restrictions instead of broad freedoms.”


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