Another prominent, respected Colorado voice joins the chorus of those denouncing the nonsensical attacks against Amendments 47, 49, and 54. Former state treasurer Mark Hillman makes a couple of terrific points in his piece:
Amendment 49 (â€ethical standardsâ€) prohibits state and local governments from intercepting a workerâ€™s paycheck to collect dues or contributions for unions, lobbyists or any other special interest. It simply requires all interest groups to ask supporters directly for their contribution, rather than use government payroll systems as their collection agency.
Groups from the National Rifle Association to the Sierra Club rely on voluntary contributions, so why canâ€™t labor unions and other special interests?
Then thereâ€™s the whopper by the â€œColoradans for Middle Class Reliefâ€ that claims â€œa few rich ownersâ€ â€“ â€œBig Bad Wolfâ€ was already taken â€” want to pass these amendments so they can â€œcut wages and reduce health care for their employees.â€
What stops those greedy owners from treating their employees like indentured servants today? The good old profit motive, of course. Itâ€™s tough to sell goods and services without productive, properly compensated employees.
The Denver Post called the union attacks dishonest, noting that Amendment 47 â€œdoes not in any way prevent unions from organizing and collecting dues from willing employees.â€ The Post also pointed out that the firefighter in the commercial works in a department where union membership is voluntary.
It’s nice to be able to cut through the white noise and lies of Protect Colorado Future’s outrageous political spin. Only eight more days. We can only hope for Ethical Standards (Amendment 49) and these other good ideas to prevail over the deception.
(Disclosure: I also happen to work for the Independence Institute, which is a chief supporter of Amendment 49.)