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ACTION ALERT: Ask legislators to act on a plan

by | May 22, 2020

With the COVID-19 crisis straining our health care system, putting Coloradans out of work and creating a climate of anxiety and uncertainty with long-term ramifications statewide, you might think the situation in Colorado couldn’t get any worse. Unfortunately, that might not be the case.

Faced with a $3.3 billion dollar shortfall, Colorado legislators could execute budget cuts that would deeply wound Colorado communities and families by reeling in funding for education, health care and other critical services when they are most needed most. Such cuts would have a profound negative effect on Coloradans who were already struggling to make ends meet before the pandemic started – causing long-lasting harm in every corner of our state.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Earlier this week, we stood with a diverse coalition of nearly 135 organizations in sending a joint letter urging Colorado legislators and Gov. Jared Polis to initiate a plan to mitigate some of the more painful cuts facing the state. You can read more details in this news release, but in short, the coalition is asking lawmakers to declare a health care emergency, optimize the use of federal relief funds and pass an emergency measure that will reduce income taxes for most Coloradans, while temporarily raising taxes for Coloradans who earn more than $250,000 a year.

The proposal could raise as much as $750 million and soften the impact for Coloradans who are hurting the most in the ongoing crisis, including people with disabilities, communities of color and rural Coloradans working in low-wage jobs (or not working at all because of COVID-19). While this proposal presents the clearest path to help Colorado recover under the state’s constitution, it will take courage and fortitude from lawmakers from both sides of the political divide to make it a reality.

That’s why we are asking you – our community partners – to join forces with us in the taking these action steps:

* Contact your local legislators in the House and the Senate by phone or email and let them know that you support the #RecoverCO three pronged plan, and why.

* Forward this email to your friends, family, community groups and associates and make them aware of this constitutionally valid approach to raise more revenue for Colorado and avoid devastating cuts in the state budget.

* Post about your support to the #RecoverCO approach on social media by accessing the #RecoverCO social media toolkit. Also, visit our #RecoverCO landing page for updates, resources and media about the campaign. Feel free to raise the issue in public forums with elected officials and write letters to the editor in your local paper.

* Finally, contact Allison Neswood, Esq., at [email protected] to join the coalition to help Colorado recover.

We realize this is an uphill battle, so we are asking you to amplify your voice and urge lawmakers to bring this proposal to the table. With the Colorado General Assembly reconvening on May 26, please take these actions as soon as possible.

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