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JCRC Announces Positions on Ballot Measures

Jewish Community Relations Council Opposes Amendments 60, 61 and 62; Proposition 101

(October 15, 2010)— Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) voted unanimously to oppose Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61; and Amendment 62.

Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61
JCRC is concerned about the impact these three economic measures will have on our ability to educate children, provide funding for public infrastructure, recruit and retain businesses and jobs in our community and the State of Colorado. The passage of these ballot initiatives will hinder all public services across the state.

Proposition 101 jeopardizes state and local governments’ ability to provide basic public services and meet growing infrastructure needs.

Amendment 60 amends the state constitution to severely restrict local control of local budgets.

Amendment 61 amends the state constitution to limit or eliminate state and local governments’ ability to access sound and reliable means of public financing.

Current statewide estimates show the potential for the loss of over 70,000 jobs if Prop 101, Amendment 60 and 61 pass. This would be on top of the 100,000 jobs that Colorado has lost in the 2008/2009 recession.

The proposed measures will put unnecessary constraints on the State of Colorado,” said JCRC Chair, Rick Kornfeld. “Specifically, these measures will negatively impact public education, job creation, current and future small business growth and development, public infrastructure, and, ultimately grow our deficit. In light of these issues, JCRC cannot support any of these measures as they are not good for our community or the State.”

Amendment 62-The Personhood Amendment
The JCRC opposes this amendment because it places religion in the state Constitution, imposing one religious belief over all others, and not all would agree with the way it defines “person” as being “from the beginning of biological development.” It would ban all abortion, even for victims of rape and incest or when a women’s life is at risk. It has other far-reaching consequences, affecting thousands of laws – from when property rights are granted to inheritance rights and who can file a lawsuit.

About Jewish Community Relations Council
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), is a coalition of about three dozen Jewish agencies, organizations, day schools, and synagogues located across the Denver/Boulder metropolitan area that have come together to speak with one representative voice on issues of concern to the local and global Jewish community. JCRC has been called “the consensus voice for policy and advocacy for the organized Jewish community of Colorado.”

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