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Would you pay more tax to help disabled?

Posted in Politics, Support services by Matt at WelcometoIllinois on August 12, 2008

It looks like voters in Colorado are going to get a chance to say whether they would or not after Amendment 51, which would raise taxes 2 cents on every $10 to increase disability services, was added to a list to be put before voters in November.

The amendment has been encouraged by the Coalition to End Colorado’s Wait List and is designed to provide the funding to end the waiting list for the estimated 12,000 people in need of critical services.

According to an earlier report in the Denver Post: “Current state sales tax is 2.9 percent. If the measure were fully phased in by 2010, the higher 3.1 percent tax would raise an estimated $186 million a year.”

It will be interesting to see how the general public responds.

One of the things that has surprised me in reading comments on news stories related to Down’s syndrome and learning difficulties is how unhappy some people are that a proportion of their taxes are used to help people with disabilities.

The attitudes of some people are quite shocking, especially since it had never really occurred to me before that the situation should be any different: I pay my taxes knowing that some of it will be used to help people less fortunate than me, I don’t question whether any of those people are worthy of that assistance.

Anyway it is pretty rare, as far as I am aware, for a tax to be introduced for a specific purpose, and there are probably a fair number of people out there who would be prepared to pay more taxes if they were guaranteed that the money was going to support good causes. We will see if learning disability is a good enough cause for Colorado.

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  1. monica said, on September 4, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Iwould kindly like to pay 2 cents more just to help raise money for the diabled. I would do this because i have a very special person in my life who is disabled. paying 2 cents more in taxes to me is a good thing because it make me fill good as a person. I know if i was disabled they would do the same for me. disabled people are just like normal people only god made them more special.

  2. Cindy said, on September 15, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    I would also pay that and more. I have a son that was on the wait list and we waited for years to get services. There is so much private insurance will not pay for and the cost of caring for someone with medical needs is unrealistic for anyone. I have seen first hand how these kids suffer while waiting for the medical care they have a right to. Since my son started receiving services it has been like night and day, it has truly saved his life. By voting yes on 51 you will have personaly played a roll is saving thousands of lives.

  3. Ellen Garber Bronfeld said, on October 3, 2008 at 2:47 am

    I too have been watching with great interest Colorado amendment 51. My son has autism. Provided they are successful in passing this tax, we in Illinois would have a major uphill battle BUT we would have a better chance if all of us, that is, every parent with a child who happens to have a disability worked together. It will take a massive campaign, cooperation and some money.

  4. […] 51 rejected Sometime ago I asked the question “Would you pay more tax to help disabled?” in relation to Colorado’s proposed sales tax increase to fund disability […]

  5. […] that she will be “an advocate” (and the fact that she opposes Colorado’s proposed Amendment 51, which would raise taxes 2 cents on every $10 to increase disability […]


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