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  • Republicans in Colorado Senate willing to negotiate at critical junctures

    05/15/2017 1:13:10 AM PDT · by 198ml · 6 replies
    Colorado Gazette ^ | 5/14/17 | Peter Marcus
    Prior to the start of the legislative session in January, Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham said restructuring a hospital fee to raise money for state services was off the table. Republicans prior to the session also pushed a familiar narrative of using existing tax revenue and fighting against any tax increases. But then came bills backed by prominent high-profile Republicans aimed at a tax increase for roads and a restructuring of the Hospital Provider Fee. While the $3.5 billion transportation proposal never gained enough GOP support to send the issue to voters, historic progress was made on the Hospital Provider...
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...