No special session, so expect a ballot measure with some sort of tax

Gov. John Hickenlooper said he will not call lawmakers back for a special session to try to put together a transportation funding package.

After a week of will-he, won’t-he, Gov. John Hickenlooper landed on the latter. He will not call lawmakers back for a special session to try to put together a transportation funding package.

“These last nine days, we’ve talked to a lot of stakeholders,” Hickenlooper said Friday. “We wanted to reassess whether it would be worth the effort to bring everyone back. Our conclusion is that it really isn’t worth calling a special session. The political landscape has not shifted.”

Should Denver taxpayers help candidates for local office pay for their campaigns?

A group of Denver campaign finance reform advocates are trying to place an ordinance on the November ballot that would allow for public financing of municipal elections, reduce the amount of money candidates can take from individual donors and ban corporate and union donations.

Right now this effort is going by the motherhood-and-apple-pie title “Democracy for the People,” and proponents hope to start circulating petitions in a few weeks. Opponents say there are better uses for public dollars, but the backers of this measure point to evidence from other cities that public financing increases participation in politics by regular people. 

Amendment T, Amendment U have Colorado voters looking for answers

Denverite can help you understand these and all your Colorado and Denver ballot measures if you haven’t cast your ballot yet.

Some of the measures on your 2016 ballot are not intuitive. The language can be convoluted for legal reasons and amendments might use technical terms that are outside our daily usage. So we do what all modern Americans do, and we turn to the internet.

Colorado voters have been Googling a variety of items on their ballot in recent weeks, but none more in recent days than Amendment T and Amendment U.