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Proposition EE:
Taxes on Nicotine Products


 

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A Denver Decides Ballot Issue Forum in anticipation of the general election coming up on Tuesday, November 3rd. Proposition EE, if approved, would increase taxes in cigarettes and tobacco products, create a new tax on nicotine products, including vaping products, and distribute the new revenue to expanded preschool programs, as well as to K-12 education, rural schools, affordable housing, eviction assistance, tobacco education, and health care. This Forum features members of Denver’s George Washington High School’s Speech and Debate team arguing the pros and cons of this proposition.
 


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Proposition EE (STATUTORY)

SHALL STATE TAXES BE INCREASED BY $294,000,000 ANNUALLY BY IMPOSING A TAX ON NICOTINE LIQUIDS USED IN E-CIGARETTES AND OTHER VAPING PRODUCTS THAT IS EQUAL TO THE TOTAL STATE TAX ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS WHEN FULLY PHASED IN, INCREMENTALLY INCREASING THE TOBACCO PRODUCTS TAX BY UP TO 22% OF THE MANUFACTURER'S LIST PRICE, INCREMENTALLY INCREASING THE CIGARETTE TAX BY UP TO 9 CENTS PER CIGARETTE, EXPANDING THE EXISTING CIGARETTE AND TOBACCO TAXES TO APPLY TO SALES TO CONSUMERS FROM OUTSIDE OF THE STATE, ESTABLISHING A MINIMUM TAX FOR MOIST SNUFF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, CREATING AN INVENTORY TAX THAT APPLIES FOR FUTURE CIGARETTE TAX INCREASES, AND INITIALLY USING THE TAX REVENUE PRIMARILY FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING TO HELP OFFSET REVENUE THAT HAS BEEN LOST AS A RESULT OF THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS RELATED TO COVID-19 AND THEN FOR PROGRAMS THAT REDUCE THE USE OF TOBACCO AND NICOTINE PRODUCTS, ENHANCE THE VOLUNTARY COLORADO PRESCHOOL PROGRAM AND MAKE IT WIDELY AVAILABLE FOR FREE, AND MAINTAIN THE FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS THAT CURRENTLY RECEIVE REVENUE FROM TOBACCO TAXES, WITH THE STATE KEEPING AND SPENDING ALL OF THE NEW TAX REVENUE AS A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE?

¿DEBIERAN AUMENTARSE LOS IMPUESTOS ESTATALES EN $294,000,000 ANUALMENTE AL GRAVAR UN IMPUESTO SOBRE LOS LÍQUIDOS NICOTINOSOS EMPLEADOS EN CIGARRILLOS ELECTRÓNICOS Y OTROS PRODUCTOS DE VAPOR QUE SEA IGUAL AL IMPUESTO ESTATAL TOTAL SOBRE LOS PRODUCTOS DE TABACO CUANDO SE CUMPLAN TODAS LAS FASES DE IMPLEMENTACIÓN, AUMENTANDO INCREMENTALMENTE EL IMPUESTO A LOS PRODUCTOS DE TABACO HASTA EN UN 22% DEL PRECIO DE LISTA DEL FABRICANTE, AUMENTANDO INCREMENTALMENTE EL IMPUESTO A LOS CIGARRILLOS HASTA EN 9 CENTAVOS POR CIGARRILLO, EXPANDIENDO LOS IMPUESTOS EXISTENTES A LOS CIGARRILLOS Y EL TABACO PARA APLICAR A LAS VENTAS A CONSUMIDORES DE FUERA DEL ESTADO, ESTABLECIENDO UN IMPUESTO MÍNIMO PARA PRODUCTOS DE TABACO ASPIRABLE, CREANDO UN IMPUESTO DE INVENTARIO APLICABLE A FUTUROS AUMENTOS DEL IMPUESTO A LOS CIGARRILLOS, E INICIALMENTE UTILIZANDO EL INGRESO DE LOS IMPUESTOS PRINCIPALMENTE PARA FINANCIAR ESCUELAS PÚBLICAS A FIN DE AYUDAR A COMPENSAR EL INGRESO PERDIDO A CAUSA DE LOS EFECTOS ECONÓMICOS RELACIONADOS CON EL COVID-19 Y LUEGO PARA PROGRAMAS QUE REDUZCAN EL USO DE PRODUCTOS DE TABACO Y NICOTINA, MEJORAR EL PROGRAMA VOLUNTARIO DE JARDINES INFANTILES DE COLORADO Y PONERLO A AMPLIA DISPOSICIÓN GRATUITAMENTE, Y MANTENER EL FINANCIAMIENTO PARA LOS PROGRAMAS QUE ACTUALMENTE RECIBEN INGRESO DE IMPUESTOS DEL TABACO, CONSERVANDO Y GASTANDO EL ESTADO TODO EL INGRESO DEL NUEVO IMPUESTO COMO CAMBIO DE INGRESO APROBADO POR LOS VOTANTES?

What Your Vote Means

A “yes” vote on Proposition EE increases taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, and creates a new tax on nicotine products, including vaping products. The new tax revenue will be spent on education, housing, tobacco prevention, health care, and preschool.

A “no” vote on Proposition EE means taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products will stay the same, and there will be no new taxes on nicotine or vaping products.