Reality check needed | SummitDaily.com

Reality check needed

EDITORIAL

Apparently when it comes to our energy crisis, Rep. Mark Cloer, R-Colorado Springs, just doesn’t get it. It will take consumer buy-in to rid our reliance to harmful fossil fuels, and giving tax breaks won’t help.This week, Colorado lawmakers are looking at Cloer’s proposal asking voters to give the state power to lower state gasoline taxes. Turns out, the proposal was created more out of guilt than from anything else.After all, how could our legislators raise their own mileage reimbursement (from 28 cents per mile to a floating rate set by the Internal Revenue Service that has historically been higher than the amount paid by the state) without giving the voter a potential kickback? While the current proposal would require voter approval to amend the state constitution, the Legislature already has the authority to lower taxes, so this might not be needed.But what this tells us is this: We still have representatives clinging to the promise of low gas prices. Truly, this is the past, and in order to prepare for the future, we need reality, not tax breaks.***To clarify Tuesday’s editorial supporting the Advocates for Victims of Assault, the organization does receive some funding for preventative programs in the school district from the Summit Foundation, but the Advocates’ newest “Peacemaker Campaign” program does not have a funding source.


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