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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:37 PM
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City of Portland: document on life in Portland under TABOR (x-post from Maine)
The city of Portland has released a document detailing the 'joys' of life under TABOR in Portland Maine.
Even more interesting is this document details what life in Portland would be like if TABOR had been in place since '99. This includes things such as:

*Elimination of Fire Depart inspection programs
*Firing 110 police dept and fire dept employees
*Close the Barron Center (screw the poor and the old)
*Eliminate Community Policing program (which helped reduce crime in Portland and raise property values)
*Eliminate ALL co-curricular activities at school.
*Eliminate art and music in schools
*Eliminate school buses AND cutting back of public transport!

Sounds great doesn't it? It'll hurt property values: that's how it'll save on property taxes! Drive down land value. Promote crime. Reduce fire safety. Reduce education. Reduce snow removal in winter (who needs safe roads anyhow?) End all government business promotion. End public recycling. End sports. It's genius! :sarcasm:

Get it here

Cross posted for all you non-Mainers so you can read about the horrors we would face under TABOR.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:05 PM
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1. Kick for comment by Coloradans.
How has TABOR worked there?

Link to some news articles/analysis of the proposed Maine version.

As some one who lives in CA, I can say that supermajority clause in the Maine version is problematic.
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MissB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:27 PM
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3. From what I've been reading, it was a disaster.
They recently voted to set aside the Colorado TABOR measure until 2010 because it was gutting vital services.
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MissB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:26 PM
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2. I thought this was for Portland, Oregon.
Because our state is facing a TABOR measure as well.
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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:33 PM
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4. Are you as well? Hope yours fails!
I always forget there's a second Portland. I'm sure you do the same.
:hi:
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