Speaking in an interview, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said she opposes a Colorado ballot measure that would raise the state’s sales tax and devote the funds to assisting people with developmental disabilities.
The measure, called Amendment 51, would raise the sales tax by one cent on every $10 spent in each of the next two years. It is designed to reduce the state’s waiting list of more than 12,000 people with disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy who are waiting for services like home nursing care or job training. Palin has campaigned with the promise of advocating for families of children with disabilities.
There’s got to be an alternative to raising taxes. It’s a matter of prioritizing the dollars that are already there in government. What I did as governor of the state of Alaska was prioritize for a great increase in funding for our students with special needs up there, And I think that Colorado can do that also. And that is an issue near and dear to my heart.
My nephew with autism, my son with Down syndrome. I’m going to make sure that on a national level, too, that we prioritize to meet the needs of these special needs children. And the families will know that they have a friend and an advocate in the White House.
Doesn’t necessarily mean increasing taxes to meet those needs. It’s all a matter of prioritizing.
The comment came in response to a question submitted by former Colorado First Lady Frances Owens, who described herself as a “fiscal conservative,” a supporter of the McCain Palin ticket and one of the spokespeople in support of Amendment 51.
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