THe October 10 post at the Foothills United Way blog states:
A penny helps a single mother get affordable child care, so she can work to support her family.
A penny helps an uninsured or under-insured family get access to the medical care they need.
A penny helps feed a family.
That penny is provided by Worthy Cause 1B – a .05 percent tax that equals one cent on each $20 purchase.
No. That penny is provided by retailers, who get it from their customers. The so-called “Worthy Cause 1B” is a law that makes it a crime for customers not to give this penny. The so-called “Worthy Cause” tax provided government force, a threat, to all those who might choose to give their pennies to charitable organizations of their choosing, rather than to a charity that government officials prefer.
Boulder County Ballot Issue 1B is not about whether the causes are worthy. It’s about using government to force your neighbors to donate to a cause that you deem as “worthy,” which means your neighbors have less money to donate to causes they think are worthy. As I’ve written before, Ballot Issue 1B is intolerant, arrogant, and elitist.
This tax is sponsored by the so-called “Citizens for a Worthy Cause.” These are not just ordinary citizens, but the very same non-profits that stand to benefit from the tax, at the expense of non-profits who refrain from using government to raise money.