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Jared Polis’ name isn’t on TABOR refund checks heading to Coloradans. But it will be on a letter accompanying them.

The refund checks, $750 for single tax filers and $1,500 for joint tax filers, are a result of tax revenues collected by the state in excess of the TABOR cap on government growth in spending

Politics and Government

Property tax arms race involving Colorado power players grips Capitol as fragile deal starts to deteriorate

Billions of dollars in funding for schools and local governments are hanging in the balance. Those involved in the negotiations have likened the situation to a high-stakes game of chicken.

Politics and Government

Conservatives file lawsuit to invalidate Colorado’s new transportation fees. Here’s what it claims.

Senate Bill 260, passed by Democrats in 2021, enacted new fees on gasoline purchases, deliveries and Uber and Lyft rides to raise billions for transportation projects

Transportation

Conservative dark-money group bankrolled almost every major Republican effort in Colorado last year, tax docs show

Unite for Colorado, a nonprofit that doesn’t have to disclose its donors, spent $17.2 million in Colorado last year, according to an IRS filing that for the first time reveals the breadth of the organization’s influence

Politics and Government

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

Gov. Jared Polis wants to set aside nearly $2 billion for future state spending to avoid TABOR constraints down the road

Politics and Government

Amendment 78: Colorado voters reject giving lawmakers more oversight on spending

With more than 1 million ballots counted as of 9 p.m., Amendment 78 was failing with 44% voting in favor of the measure and 56% against it

Politics and Government

Conservatives have dropped millions on Proposition 120 and Amendment 78. No one is spending to oppose them.

Some liberal groups are trying to rally their supporters against the ballot initiatives, but there haven’t been any committees formed with the specific purpose of raising and spending money to stop the measures from passing

Politics and Government

Colorado governor supports property tax cut measure on November ballot opposed by other Democrats

Gov. Jared Pols didn’t elaborate on his position, which is raising eyebrows among Democrats

Politics and Government

Proposition 120: Voters will decide if Colorado property taxes will go down — at least for some

A law passed in the final days of Colorado’s 2021 legislative session gutted Proposition 120 to apply only to property tax assessment rates for multifamily housing and lodging properties

Politics and Government

Amendment 78: Colorado voters will decide if lawmakers should have more oversight of state spending

Supporters say the measure will increase transparency while opponents call it a partisan ploy to disrupt government

Politics and Government

Group files 11th-hour lawsuit seeking to block one of three questions on Colorado’s statewide ballot this year

The plaintiffs claim that Amendment 78, which would require more legislative oversight over how money from legal settlements and the federal government is spent, should not have been approved for the 2021 election

Politics and Government

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

Colorado conservatives have seen some success in recent years by bringing and opposing ballot measures, mostly around cutting taxes

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers launch last-minute effort to drive down property taxes and combat skyrocketing assessments

The measure would also allow people to put off any residential property tax payments over 4% starting in the 2023 tax year and until they sell their property

Economy

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

House Bill 1321 comes as progressives have all but given up on doing away with TABOR, the 1992 constitutional amendment that has served as a third rail in Colorado politics ever since its passage

Politics and Government

The 2020 election untied and retied the fiscal knot in Colorado with decisions on Gallagher and taxes

In the 2020 election, the fickle Colorado electorate sent mixed messages on taxes and spending with big implications for the future

Politics and Government

Proposition 117 explained: Colorado voters would have more control over government fees

The use of enterprise fees to fund government programs has ballooned since the passage of TABOR made tax hikes harder to get approved.

Election 2020

Meet the million-dollar man behind Proposition CC on Colorado’s 2019 ballot

Dan Ritchie is making his greatest political investment ever and emerging as a leader in the effort to overhaul TABOR

Politics and Government

The political stakes for Proposition CC are huge. It’s a test case for a major fiscal overhaul in Colorado.

The supporters of the ballot question to end TABOR's limits on tax collections signaled that the measure is just the first step toward untying the state's fiscal knot

Politics and Government

Democratic lawmakers want to ask voters in 2019 to end TABOR cap, but Polis is not so sure

The measure would amount to the most substantial effort in years to rollback the state’s unique limits on government spending

Politics and Government