(1) As used in this section, “ballot issue” means the question referred to voters in subsection (2) of this section.
(2) At the election held on November 3, 2020, the secretary of state shall submit
to the registered electors of the state for their approval or rejection the following
ballot issue: “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?”
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