Prop. 101 backers: shut libraries, sell light rail

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Supporters of three tax measures on the Colorado ballot say state and local governments could close libraries and put their books on line and sell off light rail to cut spending if the measures pass.

Gregory Golyansky (go-lee-AN-ski), vice president of the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, said Friday that printed books are going away and light rail is 19th century technology.

Supporters also say two-thirds of state prisoners could be paroled to save money.

The measures are Proposition 101, which would reduce automobile and telecommunications taxes; Amendment 60, which would cancel voter-approved tax-limit overrides; and Amendment 61, which would limit municipal borrowing and bar state debt.

3 Responses to Prop. 101 backers: shut libraries, sell light rail

  1. Golyanski has obviously not been to the library lately: many people go because they don’t have computers and use the ones at the library. Ergo, paper books are still useful to people without computers, and dare I say, to computer owners also? To paraphrase Barney Frank, “On what planet does he spend most of his time?”

    Phoebe
    October 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm

  2. I see heavy usage of the libraries and although I am a huge limited government promoter, if the libraries are really being used, then leave them alone.
    As for the light rail, if doesn’t pay for itself entirely by the riders, then the city doesn’t have any business paying for it. But we don’t have light rail so maybe it isn’t a problem. Before we spend a dime on it, we should be sure that Denver’s light rail is paying for itself or is the city subsidizing it. If it isn’t paying for itself then the government has no business being in that business. I am totally against taxpayers having to subsidize transportation for the lucky few that it supports.

    jocko
    October 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm

  3. I agree with Phoebe and jocko, the library offers a valuable service to the community, with a large number of the patrons visiting thier local branch for the computers and audio/visual collection alone. Plus, on top of that the library offers up public meeting rooms and various other resources besides just books.

    As far as the light rail goes we need to completely re-evaluate what value there is in having a system that is more of a drain on our economy and is better put to fixing the bus system already in place. Many local commutes depended heavily on the bus service and with the local economy being weak as it currently is the bus offers a better alternative to maintaining to overhead of owning a car.

    Dwight Spencer
    October 4, 2010 at 3:22 am