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  • Inside Hickenlooper's Plan to Make Colorado Bike-Friendly ( using highway gas taxes )

    09/21/2015 5:52:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    5280 - Denver's Magazine ^ | September 21 2015 | Kelly Baines
    Last week, Governor John Hickenlooper announced a $100 million plan to make Colorado “the best state for biking.” ... Of the total $100 million, about 70 percent will come from CDOT
  • Exchange board votes to scoop up millions from two higher fees ( Colorado health insurance )

    05/15/2015 12:10:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Health News Colorado ^ | May 15, 2015 | Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
    Despite fury from lawmakers the day before, Colorado’s health exchange board voted on Thursday to collect millions of additional dollars from all Colorado health insurance customers, even those who have nothing to do with the exchange. On top of that “broad market assessment,” the board also voted to more than double the user fees levied on people who buy insurance through Colorado’s exchange. .. The higher broad market fee is projected to allow Connect for Health Colorado to scoop up about about $20 million in 2016. It has been set at $1.25 per member per month on all health insurance...
  • Routt County commissioners decry Colorado Senate's 'raid' on severance tax fund

    04/08/2015 6:53:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Steamboat Pilot & Today ^ | April 8, 2015 | Tom Ross
    Steamboat Springs — Routt County commissioners are among local government officials in Colorado who are railing against the latest plans of the state legislature to appropriate $20 million from the mineral severance tax fund to balance the 2015-16 budget. "Since I’ve been a commissioner, this is the fourth or fifth time they’ve raided the severance tax to take care of the state’s budget, and to the detriment of local governments,” Routt County Commission Chairman Doug Monger said. “If we don’t make noise about it, it will become a normal event. We have to get out there and say ‘This really...
  • Colorado Teachers' Union President Thanks NEA for Help with 'Hostile School Boards'

    09/29/2014 3:05:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 29 Sep 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Speaking at the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on July 3rd, Colorado Education Association (CEA) President Kerrie Dallman referred to the school district of Jefferson County (JeffCo) – where teachers have staged a “sick-out” and students left classes to protest throughout last week – as one of three in her state in which the teachers’ union was “working against hostile school boards.” “I also want to say thank you to the staff and leaders from the 18 states around the country who were sending in 48 staff under the NEA shared staffing...
  • Judge rules Boulder County lacked legal authority to create subdivision paving district

    07/28/2014 8:27:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Times-Call ^ | 07/27/2014 | John Fryar
    Formation of district and imposition of assessments 'invalidated' by ruling . Boulder County commissioners didn't have the legal authority to establish a Local Improvement District created to charge rural residential subdivision property owners the bulk of the costs of rehabilitating those subdivisions' paved county roads, according to a Friday Boulder County District Court ruling. The Board of County Commissioners "exceeded its jurisdiction and abused its discretion in authorizing and forming the Subdivision Paving Local Improvement District and imposing assessments on properties within the District," Senior District Court Judge J. Robert Lowenbach wrote. ... The judge further ordered Boulder County to...
  • Their Right to Your Money

    03/23/2014 11:37:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | March 23, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Thirty-three hifalutin members of Colorado’s political elite — state legislators, former legislators, board of education officials, city and county politicians, and assorted insiders — have locked arms in whining solidarity as plaintiffs in what’s called a federal case. Why? They lost an election . . . way back in 1992! Now, as the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals put it, “Plaintiffs claim that they have been deprived of their power over taxation and revenue.” Boo hoo. Back in 1992, the pesky people of Colorado petitioned the Taxpayer Bill of Rights onto the ballot and passed it, against the objections...
  • TABOR lawsuit gets round in court, but decision unlikely for months(CO X-Senator Morse Plaintiff)

    09/24/2013 10:20:57 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 7 replies
    Gazette ^ | Updated September 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Megan Schrader
    DENVER - Current and former elected officials wishing to undo the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, better known as TABOR, argued on Monday in federal appeals court that they have standing and the court has the authority to hear their complaint. A total of 33 plaintiffs brought the suit against Gov. John Hickenlooper in May 2011, challenging the constitutionality of TABOR, a law limiting tax increases unless Colorado voters approve. A few months later, Attorney General John Suthers sought to have the case dismissed on the grounds that none of the plaintiffs had standing and the courts didn't have the proper...
  • People of, by and for the government?

    05/29/2011 8:39:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 1+ views ^ | May 29, 2011 | Paul Jacob
    Are Colorado citizens unconstitutionally infringing on the right of state government to hike up taxes and spend as legislators choose? That’s what a lawsuit filed last week in federal court alleges. The plaintiffs are a thoroughly bipartisan collection of 34 sitting legislators, former legislators, former U.S. congressmen, school board officials, local politicians and other assorted bigwigs of the state’s political class. Their complaint in Kerr v. Colorado states, “An effective legislative branch must have the power to raise and appropriate funds. When the power to tax is denied, the legislature cannot function effectively to fulfill its obligations in a representative...
  • Anti-TABOR lawsuit to be filed in Colorado

    05/23/2011 8:06:08 AM PDT · by Reagan Man · 5 replies
    CBS News channel 5 ^ | May.23,2011
    DENVER (AP) - Republican and Democratic lawmakers are challenging Colorado's strict and tax & spending limits in federal court. The Denver Post reported that the suit would be filed Monday. Among those challenging the Taxpayers Bill of Rights - or TABOR - are Democratic Rep. Andy Kerr of Lakewood and former Republican state Sen. Norma Anderson. TABOR requires lawmakers to ask voters to raise taxes. It also limits the amount of tax revenue the state can keep and spend. The suit alleges that it violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of a small-R "republican" government where elected representatives make decisions on...
  • Colorado Is Broke

    06/19/2010 2:46:09 PM PDT · by Shout Bits · 13 replies · 673+ views
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 06/19/2010 | Shout Bits
    Whenever someone says “you know I am good for it,” or “I am going to pay you back really soon,” or “I am just a little short right now,” it is safe to conclude that you are not going to be paid and that the person to whom you foolishly lent money is broke. When companies have a ‘temporary cash shortage,’ even for a day or two, they go bankrupt. Frontier, a onetime independent airline had a profitable business, but due to a creditor refusing to renew an agreement, it went bankrupt. No matter how the mainstream media wants to...
  • The Poop Nazis - "No Cans for You!!" (Colorado Spring City Council retaliates for TABOR)

    05/23/2010 10:59:36 AM PDT · by LomanBill · 42 replies · 850+ views
    My Camera ^ | 23 May 2010 | LomanBill
    In retaliation for Citizen's cutting up the City Council's "2C" no-limit General Budget Credit Card, the Fearless Leaders of Colorado Springs have stopped watering/maintaining city parks... and removed trashcans. No Cans for You! No habla de Sign? Poopid is as Poopid does. Unfunded Mandate City Council Group Portrait
  • Gov. Ritter signs tax bills into law [Colorado]

    02/25/2010 7:10:05 AM PST · by snarkpup · 12 replies · 592+ views
    Denver Daily News ^ | Thursday, February 25, 2010 | Gene Davis
    Candy, soda, Amazon purchases and select software will now be taxed after Gov. Bill Ritter yesterday signed into law a group of controversial bills that will suspend or eliminate a series of tax credits and exemptions. Ritter’s signature caps a month-long legislative process that pitted Republicans vs. Democrats in a heated and often bitter partisan battle. Republicans have consistently positioned the nine bills as business-killing measures, while Democrats say they are showing the leadership that’s necessary in the worst fiscal environment since the Great Depression. The nine bills are expected to generate $15.6 million in revenue this fiscal year and...
  • Colorado "Republican" Sues to Bring Down Taxpayer's Bill or Rights

    02/11/2010 9:16:17 PM PST · by aaronopine · 29 replies · 788+ views
    Aaron Opine Blog ^ | 2/11/10 | Aaron Opine
    In my home state of Colorado we have a little thing called the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, or TABOR. TABOR is a ballot measure that was passed in 1992 by the citizens of Colorado to limit the State from imposing new or higher taxes on Coloradoans without the consent of the citizens via referendum (taxes can escalate based upon population growth and inflation). Herb Fenster, an attorney in Boulder, Colorado, is now suing the citizens of Colorado over TABOR claiming that it violates Article IV, section 4 of the U.S. Constitution which requires the Feds to ensure the States provide...
  • Colo. AG John Suthers will vote no on justices Mary Mullarkey, Alex Martinez, Michael Bender

    01/15/2010 9:51:57 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 601+ views
    the business world ^ | January 15, 2010
    Colorado Attorney General John Suthers this morning said he will vote no on three of four state supreme court justices who are up for retention in November's elections and yes on Justice Nancy Rice. Suthers will vote against retaining Chief Judge Mary Mullarkey and judges Alex Martinez and Michael Bender... Most Republicans are supporting the effort to deny retention of all four justices who are up for retention. Mullarkey is widely despised by Colorado's Republicans because she and the other four justices are so blatantly partisan in deciding politically controversial cases. If Mullarkey is retained as chief justice this year,...
  • Blue States (Maine and Washington) Vote on a Taxpayer Bill of Rights

    10/24/2009 4:33:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies · 825+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 23, 2009 | John Fund
    [V]oters in two liberal states on opposite ends of the country will also take up measures to limit spending. The outcomes will give us a clear sense of the public mood toward runaway spending. ... The voter-initiated measures on next month's ballot are modeled after Colorado's 1992 Taxpayer Bill of Rights (Tabor). They prohibit state spending from increasing faster than the growth of state population plus inflation in any given year. Extra revenue would be rebated back to the taxpayers, and if officials wanted to raise taxes beyond the limit they would have to seek a public referendum. Tabor worked...
  • Alton, Maine Tea Party Brings One Hundred Conservatives Together in Rural Maine

    10/17/2009 5:21:17 PM PDT · by Tudorfly · 7 replies · 654+ views
    One hundred conservative Mainers attended a Tea Party this afternoon in rural Alton, Maine (north of Bangor). Speakers and conversations focused on Maine's referendum laden election in November, Jason Levesque (republican candidate for Maine's Second District), and Paul LeBlanc (republican candidate for governor). There was no obvious press coverage of the event. Although invited, none of Maine's congress critters were in attendance, nor were any of their representatives. There was little, if any, pre-meeting publicity in Maine's mainstream media. In November Maine voters will have the opportunity to affirm that marriage is legally defined as being between one man and...
  • Cities Increasingly Raising 'Fees,' Not Taxes To Balance Budgets

    07/14/2009 9:32:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 534+ views
    7NEWS ^ | July 14, 2009 | Jane Slater
    Taxes Vs. Fees: What's The Difference? The word "fee" has been tossed around a lot lately. Cities are increasingly passing or considering raising the amount of money residents pay to use recreation centers, libraries, and trash collection services. Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, said politicians should just be asking the voters for more money if they want it. Hickenlooper said he was not ruling out the possibility of going to voters and asking for a tax hike but hopes a review of departments and fee increases will help them avoid it.
  • Any Tabor Plans for the States? (vanity)

    06/17/2009 7:25:36 PM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 4 replies · 242+ views
    Tabor in Colorado was working till it got partially gutted/partially ignored.. Why not spread the movement.... Spending can not increase more than 2.5% or the rate of inflation. If lawmakers vote to increase it beyond that, they automatically suffer a 20% pay cut for the attempt.
  • Ritter OKs bill blowing state budget cap; Dems say tax limits are next target

    06/05/2009 8:52:09 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 8 replies · 769+ views
    Colorado Senate News ^ | Wednesday, 03 June 2009
    As Colorado's Democrat governor effectively signed away a long-standing policy limiting the growth of the state's budget, a key legislative ally called today for rolling back other restraints on taxing and spending. Incoming Senate Democrat leader John Morse welcomed the enactment of controversial Senate Bill 228--diverting billions of dollars away from transportation projects in coming years--by promising that the fight "is just beginning" to retool the state's other constitutional taxing and spending limits. That double-punch left Republicans incredulous, and they pointed out that only months ago, Colorado voters soundly rejected a ballot proposal that would have gutted the perennially popular...
  • Lawmakers may repeal tax breaks ( TABOR )

    04/03/2009 9:45:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 550+ views
    Durango Herald ^ | April 02, 2009 | Joe Hanel
    Lawyer says court ruling allows state to raise taxes without a vote. The Legislature could repeal nearly $2 billion in tax breaks without asking voters permission. Sharon Eubanks ... shocking analysis of a recent state Supreme Court decision, which she said gives legislators the power to raise taxes without a vote of the people. The people's right to vote on tax increases was granted in the 1992 Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. TABOR is one of Colorado's hallmark laws in the last 20 years and has imposed some of the strictest budget limits of any state government. But on March 16,...
  • Nation's longest ballot awaits Colorado voters this November

    09/18/2008 9:32:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 250+ views
    Cortez Journal ^ | 9/18/2008 | Joe Hanel
    Colorado voters will face the longest ballot in a century this November. The 18 questions on the ballot deal with some of the state's most hotly debated social and economic issues - from abortion and gambling to taxes on gas and oil companies and a partial repeal of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. An electoral war between unions and their foes has made this the longest ballot since 1912 - the first year that citizen groups got access to the ballot - when there were 32 questions. The union war accounts for seven of this year's questions. It began with...
  • Maine tax repeal group raises nearly $375,000

    07/24/2008 4:17:51 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 3 replies · 90+ views
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Supporters of an effort to repeal new taxes on beer, wine, soda and other beverages raised 15 times as much money as repeal opponents in the latest financial reporting period. The Fed Up With Taxes coalition raised nearly $375,000 for its repeal campaign between May 28 and July 15, according to reports filed with the Maine ethics commission. A tax repeal opposition group, Health Coverage for Maine, raised just over $25,000 for the same period.
  • Editorial: Local schools, local control ( TABOR vs Gov. Ritter )

    06/21/2008 2:40:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 231+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | June 10, 2008
    In Colorado, taxpayers have a tremendous amount of control over their own property taxes. Thanks to the state’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR), which stunts the growth of property taxes, those of us who own property in Eagle County shouldn’t expect to see our taxes skyrocket at the same rate as our property values without voter approval. This year, however, taxpayers’ rights were usurped by Gov. Bill Ritter’s decision to freeze the statewide school district property tax rate... Not only was Ritter’s move a clear violation of the TABOR Amendment because it effectively raised taxes without voter approval, it didn’t...
  • Boulder City Council seeking pay raise — again

    06/05/2008 8:23:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 114+ views
    daily camera ^ | June 4, 2008 | Heath Urie
    A year after Boulder voters narrowly rejected raising the pay of their elected leaders, the City Council might ask them to reconsider. The council took the first step late Tuesday toward asking voters to decide nine ballot issues in the fall, including measures that would allow closed-door council sessions and let non-U.S. citizens serve on city boards and commissions. Staff members will draft language for the issues before the council decides whether to include them on the Nov. 4 ballot. The tax questions being studied by the city include removing Taxpayer's Bill of Rights restrictions on property taxes; renewing an...
  • Judge: Ritter tax freeze unconstitutional

    05/30/2008 7:14:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies · 208+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 05/30/2008 | John Ingold
    A Denver District Court judge ruled today that Gov. Bill Ritter's controversial mill-levy freeze is unconstitutional. "However well-intentioned and commendable the purpose and consequences ... this Court must be concerned only with enforcement of the Colorado Constitution," District Court Court Judge Christina Habas ... A group of taxpayers, organized by the conservative Independence Institute, filed suit late last year against the Colorado Department of Education, arguing that the property-tax freeze amounts to an unconstitutional tax increase because voters did not directly approve it. "All that's required to raise taxes in this state is to ask first. Only the most arrogant...
  • Treasurer admits bill increased property tax tab ( TABOR lawsuit )

    05/06/2008 9:30:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 191+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | May 6, 2008 | Berny Morson
    Official testifies in TABOR lawsuit that more money collected as a result of mill levy freeze. State treasurer Cary Kennedy conceded today on the witness stand that a bill passed last year by the legislature alters the way taxes are calculated with the net result that many property owners pay more. But Kennedy continued to insist the 2007 law, SB 199, does not violate Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. Kennedy's testimony came on the second day of a lawsuit brought by opponents of the 2007 law. They say SB 199 should have been referred to voters under TABOR provisions. The...
  • Ritter questions TABOR strategy

    05/06/2008 9:10:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 91+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 05/06/2008 | Jessica Fender
    The rough political road for a proposed state-budget fix got even rougher Monday as Gov. Bill Ritter stopped short of endorsing it and the group expected to propel it to November's ballot expressed concern about funding, timing and other issues. "I don't know ultimately . . . if we're going to have the coalition together to put that on the ballot," Ritter said ... The proposal, which would alter the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights and end mandated increases in education funding, started as a referendum, but Romanoff could not muster the support of two-thirds of state lawmakers — the requirement...
  • Tax-freeze flap heats up in court ( Democrats against Voters Voting )

    05/05/2008 10:58:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 188+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 05/04/2008 | John Ingold
    A judge today will hear a case calling Gov. Ritter's move unconstitutional because voters didn't approve it. The year-long controversy around Gov. Bill Ritter's mill-levy freeze spills into a Denver courtroom today, where a judge will decide whether the state has to give the money from the freeze back. A group of taxpayers, organized by the conservative Independence Institute, filed suit late last year against the Colorado Department of Education, arguing that the property-tax freeze amounts to an unconstitutional tax increase because voters did not directly approve it. The trial in the case is scheduled to start today in Denver...
  • Head to head on TABOR

    04/30/2008 6:57:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 75+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | April 30, 2008 | Chris Barge
    The matchup was inevitable. For the past two months, House Speaker Andrew Romanoff ... His complex proposal would undo the tightest part of that knot by lifting the spending limits imposed by the 1992 Taxpayer's Bill of Rights... Rep. Douglas Bruce, R-Colorado Springs,... "For this purpose, I come before you as the author of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, and as is my wont, I will speak plainly," he began. "This measure, if adopted, will mean unlimited state spending forever." Bruce railed against what he saw as a conspiracy by the "tax-and-spend crowd" to "con" voters into giving up government...
  • Stories of left wing tolerance in Maine. (must read but keep a barf bag near)

    04/24/2008 2:11:21 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 23 replies · 224+ views
    Lately I've been thinking of four left wing incidents that happened in Maine over the course of two years. I feel I should get them off my chest I think some of them would be interesting and I think others should know about them. The first one involves an incident that took place in the Bangor metro area two years ago. This freind of mine and his family were having trouble. He had difficulty getting by and he worked at Edwards Shop'n'save in Hampden outside Bangor. He was on food stamps and his wife was laid off and couldn't get...
  • Bruce Told To Leave Podium After Mexican Comment

    04/22/2008 1:13:22 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 111 replies · 1,070+ views ^ | 04/21/2008 | Steven K. Paulson
    DENVER (AP) ― Rep. Douglas Bruce was ordered to leave the podium of the Colorado House of Representatives on Monday after calling Mexican workers "illiterate peasants." Bruce, a Republican with a history of provoking controversy with his statements and actions, made the comment during a debate on a bill designed to ease a farmworker shortage in Colorado. It drew an audible gasp from the House. "How dare you," said Rep. Kathleen Curry, a Democrat who was serving as chairwoman during the debate. She told Bruce he was no longer recognized to speak. The bill under discussion would allow the state...
  • Douglas Bruce Wants Audience For Swearing-In

    01/14/2008 8:52:49 AM PST · by george76 · 23 replies · 290+ views
    The Denver Channel ^ | January 14, 2008
    Anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce will likely be sworn in Monday to fill a vacant House seat. Just when he will be sworn in is still a matter of contention. House Speaker Andrew Romanoff wants him to take the oath at 8 a.m. Bruce said he wants to wait until 10 a.m., when the House begins its session. "I regret that this simple ministerial act is the latest focus of political consternation and unneeded tension," he wrote. "These publicized pressures are added reason I asked the speaker to allow me 90 seconds right after my oath to speak to my new...
  • Drivers, others face wallet shock ( DUmmies want higher taxes )

    01/07/2008 5:07:34 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies · 147+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 7, 2008 | Kevin Flynn
    $100 more for car registration among road funding ideas. A healthy transportation network is the lifeblood of the state's economy, Gov. Bill Ritter and others believe, but Colorado voters have a spotty record for providing cash transfusions. This fall, an electorate that has roundly turned down cheaper highway fixes that wouldn't have raised taxes could be asked to approve significantly more spending. Didn't like spending $100 million more a year for five years on transportation without paying any new taxes, as was proposed by a referendum voters rejected in 1998? Then how would you like spending an additional $1.5 billion...
  • Bruce easily wins appointment to Colorado House seat

    12/01/2007 5:10:25 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies · 360+ views
    The GAZETTE ^ | December 1, 2007 | ED SEALOVER
    El Paso County Commissioner Douglas Bruce handily won appointment this morning to fill the soon-to-be vacant legislative seat representing northeast Colorado Springs. Bruce takes over the seat that has been held since 2001 by GOP Rep. Bill Cadman. Cadman will be sworn in on Dec. 11 to the Senate District 10 seat that opened up upon Republican Ron May’s Oct. 31 resignation. Long known for his pointed conservative views and often abrasive personality... He told the vacancy committee meeting that he plans to push for tax cuts and limited government with the same ferocity that has marked his public career.
  • Anti-tax crusader Capitol-bound? ( Douglas Bruce...TABOR )

    10/23/2007 6:12:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies · 82+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | October 23, 2007 | April M. Washington
    State lawmakers are bracing for a tidal wave named Douglas Bruce. The anti-tax crusader and author of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights may end up in the legislature. Bruce made it official Monday when he announced he would seek state Rep. Bill Cadman's soon-to-be vacant seat, ending weeks of speculation. Bruce said he wants to stand against the "Democrats' socialist agenda" and attempts to raise taxes. "I want to be in state government, but not a part of it," he said. "If your goal is to drain the swamp, you have to wrestle with the alligators." Cadman is the favorite...
  • Reality check : Poll results should give Ritter & Co. pause

    10/02/2007 11:02:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 182+ views
    The Gazette ^ | October 2, 2007
    Before he gets too carried away with himself, and imagines he's the governor of California or something, Bill Ritter ought to take a careful look at a statewide poll commissioned by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. It might help remind him that, despite the gains made by Democrats, this is still Colorado. Most voters remain wary of higher taxes. They don’t seem to think the health care system is in crisis. And there’s strong support for drilling on the Roan Plateau, if the revenues stay in the state, to benefit local communities or higher education. “We are a hesitant...
  • Chamber poll reveals concerns about economy

    09/30/2007 12:21:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies · 162+ views
    The Denver Business Journal ^ | September 29, 2007 | Bob Mook
    A voter opinion poll sponsored by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce shows that Coloradans are increasingly jittery about the economy and not likely to vote in favor of sweeping reforms that could result in tax increases. The poll shows the public also solidly supports drilling at the Roan Plateau, especially if tax revenues are used to fund higher education. Environmental groups immediately blasted the poll methodology, however, arguing the question about the Roan inappropriately tied proposed Roan Plateau drilling with foreign crude oil imports. There are no crude oil deposits in the leasing area, the groups said. About 60...
  • State lawmakers betray voters with Ref C shell game

    09/17/2007 8:21:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 183+ views
    pueblo chiefain ^ | September 16, 2007 | Mark Hillman
    Two years ago, lawmakers asked voters for a "time-out" from the spending restrictions of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights in order to allow the state budget to rebound from the recession of 2001-2002. Referendum C, which passed by a narrow 52-48 percent margin, erased the TABOR spending limits for five years and permanently increased spending caps thereafter. Following the 2005 vote, Colorado Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald said, “‘We already agreed, if Ref D failed, it would be (one-third each) for schools, colleges and health.” But a funny thing happened after the election. Spending on programs not associated with Ref C...
  • Legislative focus again on revenue woes, Ref C ( $ 6 Billion not enough )

    06/25/2007 7:46:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies · 283+ views
    pueblo chieftain ^ | June 25, 2007 | CHARLES ASHBY
    special interest groups from higher education to prisons to capital construction are demanding more state aid, many saying they've waited long enough for funding, and now it's their turn. At the same time, opponents of Referendum C are saying, "we told you so," over the proposed changes. Several said the ballot question that allowed the state to keep billions of dollars it otherwise would have returned to taxpayers should be more than enough to handle the state's needs. Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany, R-Colorado Springs, said he fears the new Democratic governor and the now Democratic-controlled Legislature will go hog...
  • Ref C spending front and center

    01/03/2006 8:11:36 AM PST · by george76 · 23 replies · 363+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 3, 2006 | David Milstead
    Colorado businesses might think that with the Colorado fiscal crunch eased thanks to Referendum C, now might be the perfect time to sell tax breaks that stimulate industry in the name of job creation. Actually, say political observers, the exact opposite is true for the 2006 legislative session - and perhaps several sessions thereafter. "The political dynamic is such that no tax-reduction or relief measures would have any chance of passage for the next five years," said Tim Jackson, president of the Colorado Auto Dealers Association. "It's just a fact of life." Freed from TABOR restraints Ward said the chamber...
  • Tax measure for schools gets paddled

    09/16/2007 9:31:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 474+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | September 13, 2007 | Tillie Fong
    A prominent Republican lawmaker is crying foul over $66 million of tax savings homeowners would have seen if not for a law passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Bill Ritter this year. Ritter signed into law Senate Bill 07-199, freezing property tax rates indefinitely at current rates. The measure eliminates tax cuts that otherwise would have taken place under a 1994 school-finance law - an estimated $48 million for fiscal year 2007-2008. "It's the fact that we had said - from day one - it's a bottomless pit and that it will be working families and seniors that...
  • Politics of taxes ( Elections have Consequences )

    08/23/2007 8:54:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies · 327+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | August 22, 2007
    As a direct result of a booming economy and rising real-estate values, property owners in Mesa County will see a reduction in their county mill levy next year. They will pay $3 million less in county property taxes in 2008 than they would have paid without the mill-levy cut. But, as a direct result of legislation promoted by Gov. Bill Ritter and approved almost exclusively by Democrats in the Legislature, the total property tax bill paid in Mesa County next year is estimated to grow by $4.1 million. The Mesa County Commissioners — Republicans all — were quick to point...
  • 2 districts rebuff free handout of Constitution (colorado high school)

    08/22/2007 1:47:28 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 46 replies · 1,734+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 8-22-07 | Erin Emery
    Colorado Springs - Douglas Bruce is known as a frugal man, not a giver of gifts. But when he tried last spring to give pocket- size copies of the U.S. Constitution to high-school seniors, two Colorado Springs-area districts said "no, thanks." snip Bruce said he made it clear that copies of the Constitution were to be given to seniors, but "I said nothing about giving them at graduation or interfering with the ceremony or my being there. That was a contrived excuse by Lewis-Palmer School District."
  • Tax structure topic of small business forum

    07/23/2007 2:06:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies · 301+ views
    The entire Colorado tax structure and its effect on business solvency and growth will be the subject of a forum to be held in Denver ... Aug. 13. Hosted by the National Federation of Independent Business/Colorado, the leading representative group in America for the biggest job generators - small businesses ... The forum is open to all Colorado small-business owners. A panel of guests includes House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and ... "Colorado tax structure is the creation of three often competing entities - citizen initiatives, special interests and the Legislature," Gagliardi said. "This has led to the current crazy quilt...
  • Dead Sea Scrolls at the San Diego Natural History Museum: the Christian fundamentalist connection

    08/05/2007 9:58:07 PM PDT · by Charles Gadda · 10 replies · 669+ views
    Nowpublic ^ | August 3 | Charles Gadda
    Why on earth did it cost six million dollars to bring the Dead Sea Scrolls to San Diego, and why has this exhibit become submerged in controversy? Hoping to shed some light on these matters, I decided to take a closer look at the parties involved. What I found was surprising evidence that members of several Christian fundamentalist organizations played a major role in creating the exhibit and choosing its content, a fact carefully covered up in the media campaign surrounding the exhibit's opening. For details, see my linked article.
  • Group moves to limit property taxes ( Needs TABOR )

    07/15/2007 11:11:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 741+ views
    AP ^ | July 14, 2007
    A movement is under way to give Arizona property owners tax breaks while cities, school districts, fire districts and other taxing bodies would face limits on the amount of money raised. A group calling itself Arizona Tax Revolt filed the necessary papers Tuesday to get a ballot measure before voters next year. ‘‘Why should taxes go up 30 percent if home values go up 30 percent,'' asked Marc Goldstone, a Bullhead City resident and chairman of the self-described grass-roots taxpayer group. ‘‘All the governments and taxing entities are reaping a major amount from the increase in values,'' ... The measure...
  • Mill-levy freeze signed into law ( Higher Taxes without Voter approval )

    05/10/2007 7:03:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 1,158+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | May 10, 2007 | MIKE SACCONE
    Gov. Bill Ritter signed an embattled property-tax-rate freeze into law Wednesday, a move expected to ignite antitax advocates during the 2008 election cycle. The measure, which halts the lowering of local property tax rates, is projected to create $1.7 billion in new revenues for education over the next decade. Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams has promised to make Senate Bill 199 the centerpiece of his efforts during the 2008 election cycle. Jon Caldara, president of the conservative Independence Institute think tank, told the Associated Press he plans to mount a constitutional challenge to the governor’s mill-levy freeze. He said...
  • Senator blasts 'deceptive smear campaign' by teachers union

    05/03/2007 2:44:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 566+ views
    Colorado Senate News ^ | 03 May 2007 | Senate Minority Office
    Veteran GOP Sen. Ken Kester denounced an unsuccessful advertising campaign against him by the Colorado Education Association, charging it "twists and turns" his opposition to a pending statewide property tax hike. A spokeswoman for the teachers union, meanwhile, confirmed that the Colorado Campaign for Children and Public Schools, named at the bottom of the newspaper ad as its sponsor, is the CEA's "527" political-spending arm. Records with the Secretary of State's Office show prominent Democrat lawyer Mark Grueskin filed the group's paperwork. The property-tax hike -- on its way to the governor for his likely signature -- would freeze the...
  • Senate Dems push through property-tax hike, reject popular vote

    05/01/2007 10:10:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 1,581+ views
    Colorado Senate News ^ | 01 May 2007 | Senate Minority Office
    In the face of a Republican outcry, Senate Democrats approved a fast-tracked property-tax hike today on most homes and businesses in Colorado, and they refused to put the issue to a statewide vote. It passed as part of the annual School Finance Act on a 19-15 vote, with all Republicans voting in opposition. The tax hike -- which was pushed by Gov. Bill Ritter and will cost the public $1.7 billion over the next 10 years -- has been the focus of intense debate for weeks and has dominated hallway discussions at the Capitol. Republicans have assailed it not only...
  • Scooter Libby and Reputation

    02/22/2007 2:54:54 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 47 replies · 1,349+ views
    Wall Street Journal / ^ | February 22, 2007 | Daniel Henninger
    WONDERLAND Scooter Libby and Reputation Prosecutions that wreak ruin on a lifetime. The trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is the closest version of a Red Queen trial this country has had in a long time. One says that knowing it might start a stampede from past defendants laying claim to the most upside-down prosecution. Lewis G. Carroll's account of the Knave' s trial before the Red Queen and White Rabbit is famous for the Queen's dictum, "Sentence first, verdict afterward." But read the full transcript of the mock trial and one will see that the real subject is not...