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Is Colorado’s government headed toward a fiscal cliff? Democrats say yes, Republicans say no.

Colorado’s coffers are flush with cash right now — so much so that taxpayers are getting refunds. But Democrats see trouble on the horizon. They’re not worried so much about a downturn, but the potential for spending on critical services like education and health care to run up against constitutional limits on how much tax […]

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Colorado Republicans aren’t winning many elections these days, so they’re turning to ballot questions instead

When Democrats in the Colorado legislature this year unveiled their marquee bill to enact new transportation fees to pay for road and transit projects, the measure’s conservative opponents had a quick, confident response: See you at the ballot box.  The opposition wasn’t necessarily talking about trying to unseat Democrats, however. They were vowing to bring […]

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Colorado Democrats want to use one of TABOR’s most effective tax-halting mechanisms for themselves

One of the most effective parts of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights when it comes to stopping tax-raising ballot questions in Colorado is a requirement that voters be informed, IN CAPITAL LETTERS, about the eye-popping sum they are deciding whether to allow the government to collect. “SHALL STATE TAXES BE INCREASED $766,700,000 ANNUALLY FOR A […]

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TABOR repeal is off the table for 2020. Now it’s Initiative 271, a $2 billion tax hike targeting the wealthy

A coalition pushing to overhaul Colorado’s tax system will not pursue a complete repeal of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights this year, opting instead for a ballot measure in November that would generate billions in new money with higher taxes on the wealthy. The new initiative — which is expected to receive final legal approval […]

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The tax fight continues in Colorado as liberal group files 35 more ideas for the 2020 ballot

If the fight over Colorado tax policy were a sporting event, half the stadium might have emptied out by now.  With the November defeat of Proposition CC, the score has become so lopsided in favor of fiscal conservatives, the outcome of any given skirmish over the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights is starting to feel like […]

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The TABOR battle is reaching new levels. Critics are testing 18 ways to rewrite Colorado tax policy.

Behind the scenes, the political left in Colorado is gearing up for a fight to overhaul the state’s tax system, a tangled mess of constitutional amendments that they believe holds the key to better-funded schools, less congested roads and more affordable college. Step one to unravel the knot? Figure out what threads they’re even allowed […]