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It’s hard to see how amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 will be passed by voters on Tuesday. The opposition to the anti-tax-and-spend measures continues to grow, with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union being the latest to view the proposals as a doomsday for Colorado. “It could kill the schools, community recreation programs, and any new capital-improvement projects in your community,” says board chair Jan Kochis (via the Berthoud Recorder).

As the Fort Collins Coloradoan writes in an editorial, “These proposals are angry, extreme responses that defy local control and disrespect the intent of local voters.” Momentum against the measures has been so strong that the campaign to defeat the measures reaped $6.8 million, reports The Associated Press.

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Meanwhile, supporters raked in just $17,400, as some conservative leaders refused to back the proposals, which would cut school-district-funding property taxes, limit government borrowing, and reduce income tax. Nevertheless, supporters continue to campaign, says the coordinator for Colorado Tax Reforms, Natalie Menten. “I think yes, just like David versus Goliath, we can win this battle,” she adds.

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