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Heath’s tax hike a “gorilla on the backs” of Coloradans

Posted by Kelly Maher on August 24th, 2011
 
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At the Douglas County School Board meeting Aug. 16, a number of speakers addressed the obstructionist lawsuit blocking the county’s innovative school voucher program.

But David DiCarlo provided some great theater by illustrating the “800-pound gorilla” that is the proposed $3 billion, five-year tax increase (purportedly to fund education) proposed by state Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder. The Secretary of State’s office today certified that Proposition 103 (formerly known as Initiative 25) will appear on the November ballot.

To make his point, which you can see for yourself in the video above, DiCarlo invited a friend in a gorilla suit to throw money at the board and the audience. Hilarious.

“So, I’m a public school parent, but I support my neighbor’s right to choose,” DiCarlo said.

DiCarlo then talked about Heath’s “big moralistic bulldozer” tax increase and said “an enemy is sneaking into our midst,” as the gorilla bounded in, which DiCarlo said was “stealing our money.”

“How many places can he possibly find to put this (money) other than our own children? That’s what I want to know. It’s true. It’s funny, it’s goofy, but it’s true. Anybody that wants to vote to send your money to that state to redistribute to people who are failing with it at 50% of the time has got a loose screw.”

The crux of his argument is that if voters around the state approve the Heath hike, taxpayers in Douglas County and elsewhere would end up subsidizing underperforming schools as in Denver County (which has a 51.8% graduation rate.

Given the antagonism from the left against the Douglas County voucher program, DiCarlo’s observation points to a potential bad outcome for students and their parents in Douglas County: higher taxes and less choice.

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  • Post by Kelly Maher on August 24th, 2011

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