Measure Would Transfer Money From Government To Charities

A new proposed ballot measure aims to help charities. The Secretary of State’s office has approved the backers to start gathering signatures on proposed initiative 53, which would allow fines and penalties assessed by Colorado courts to be donated to charities instead of going to the government. Supporters say it’s a conflict of interest when the government both enforces the law and gets a financial benefit from that enforcement. Government entities could only collect fines if they’re the victims of a crime. The state legislative council estimates that the initiative could cost $256 million in the first year it goes into effect, likely hitting education, transportation and natural resources the hardest. Supporters have to collect more than 98,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot in 2018.

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