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Libertarians outline positions on ballot measures

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The Libertarian Party of Delta County, as an affiliate group of the Libertarian Party of Colorado and the national organization, is presenting the following stances and endorsements of the various ballot measures that Coloradans will vote on this year.

Amendment T: OPPOSE. Though the Libertarian Party opposes all things involuntary, this particular amendment doesn't seem to address any substantial issue other than nitpick semantics.

Amendment U: SUPPORT. This particular amendment exempt properties that the administrative cost of accessing is more than the revenue generated from the property tax. Rather than wastefully administer these properties, it will be better to take them off the books.

Amendment 69: OPPOSE. We oppose any government involvement in health care and insurance. Amendment 69 will nearly double the state's public spending, implement a new tax, and offer no actual guarantees in the improvement of health services in Colorado. Amendment 69 attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act with something potentially far worse.

Amendment 70: OPPOSE. Raising the minimum wage statewide disproportionately impacts small businesses, which are the backbone of our community. Placing added costs to small businesses will either result in reduced labor opportunities or an increase in the price of goods and services -- neither of which benefit economically depressed communities like Delta County.

Amendment 71: OPPOSE. Though pitched as a way to protect the voice of rural Colorado, this amendment actually makes it more difficult for citizens to petition their own government. The passing of this amendment would make the process even more costly and restrictive, thus disempowering Colorado citizens from creating and enacting meaningful reforms.

Amendment 72: OPPOSE. Not only should Coloradoans oppose new, onerous taxes, they should also be skeptical of any expansion of government without any specific details provided in the ballot language. This amendment in particular reads like a $315 million blank check with very little going to anti-smoking education as it claims.

Proposition 106: SUPPORT. Individuals own their bodies. If faced with a terminal illness, individuals should be free to avoid hospitalization and the prolonged suffering of their few remaining days. Government should not deny access to the medication that individuals who are of sound mind and reason should be at liberty to use.

Proposition 107: OPPOSE. Colorado switched from primary elections to caucusing back in 2000 to save money. And for good reason: Primary elections are a wasteful public subsidization of private political parties' candidate selection.

Proposition 108: OPPOSE. Individuals have the right to assemble, create bylaws, and set membership requirements for their group. These groups should not be forced to compromise their governance, freedom to associate, and right to assemble for those who do not meet their membership requirements.

For more information about the Libertarian Party of Delta County, visit www.facebook.com/LPCODeltaCo.

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