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There are two legally distinct organizations that each work on TABOR issues.  The TABOR Committee is the Advocacy organization and the TABOR Foundation is the Educational organization.

The TABOR Committee was the original vehicle for getting TABOR passed in 1992.  Many people worked on the versions from 1986 through 1992.  Many of the leaders or their survivors have given us permission to recognize their work and tribulations in the early years.  Among those we recognize are:

The TABOR Honorary Committee includes:

  • John and Diane Cox, who started the ball rolling,
  • Douglas Bruce
  • Clyde Harkins
  • Katherine Anderson
  • Penn R. Pfiffner
  • Tim Cranston
  • Fred Holden
  • Vern Bickel, In memoriam
  • Steve Shoe, In memoriam

Our email address is: TheTaborFoundation@gmail.com, and /or info@TheTaborCommittee.com.

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The TABOR Committee telephone number is 303-747-7460.

The current TABOR Board of Directors are:

  • Penn PfiffnerPenn Pfiffner, Chairman

Penn Pfiffner is a former state representative, having served in the Colorado legislature from 1993 through 2000.

He was an early leader and proponent of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), serving as Regional Coordinator in the 1986 effort, and serving on the TABOR Committee in subsequent years.

His business is financial and managerial consulting to architects, engineers and contractors. He also conducts economic analyses such as forecasting and valuing closely-held stock. He opened his practice, Construction Economics, LLC in 1983.

He taught college Economics at night school, at both the graduate and undergraduate level, for thirteen years.  Penn earned his Masters in Finance from the University of Colorado at Denver and his undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science from CU-Boulder.

He is the former President of the Denver Association of Business Economists. In the 1980’s, he was a member of the national ASTM’s (Association of Standards, Testing and Materials) Building Economics Subcommittee, which established standards for life-cycle costing and the use of net present value analysis. He was one of 300 economists polled nationally by the National Association of Business Economists for quarterly forecasts of the economy.

Penn wrote and researched for the Independence Institute as a Senior Fellow for 12 years, during which he also served as the Director of the Fiscal Policy Center.  He served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Union of Taxpayers for more than a dozen years, including six years as its President.

He is a veteran, having served as an officer in the Navy, assigned to U.S.S. Oklahoma City (CG5), based out of Yokosuka, Japan from 1977 to the end of 1979.

  • Bob Foland, Executive Director

Foland Bob Tie2Bob Foland CFP® has been helping individuals, couples and small businesses with their financial planning needs since 1988.  Since 1997 he has been an independent advisor, meaning that he is not limited to nor encouraged to use the investment vehicles of any particular company.  That independence allows for true objectivity in the investment and planning advice offered by Mr. Foland through his company, The IRA Specialists.

Bob lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with his wife and daughter.  When he is not helping his clients he enjoys fly-fishing, hunting and skiing.

  •  Peg Brady, Board member

peg brady2Peg Brady actively supports the goal of fiscally-responsible limited government, recognizing only the few Constitutionally designated powers. Because freedom requires personal vigilance, Peg dedicates her time to upholding the principle that government depends on the consent of the governed.

Peg earned her Masters degree in Systems Analysis and Project Planning from the University of Denver and her undergraduate degree in English History and Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Her career had two foci: technical writing and computer systems development.  In addition, she developed and taught several Systems Analysis courses to company clients and co-workers.  She was a key participant in the company’s multi-year project to define optimal systems-development practices and procedures.

  • Jack Barkstrom, Corporate Treasurer

Jack Barkstrom is an attorney and a CPA.  He received a law degree from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado (Denver).  He received a B.S. degree from North Park University in Chicago.  He currently works in the accounting department of a personal injury law firm.

He became interested in issues related to governmental spending and budgets through Penn Pfiffner’s class “Free Markets, Free Peoples” at the Independence Institute.   At a time when limited resources are forcing governments, businesses, and individuals to make difficult choices, it is important that those in positions of public trust make decisions responsibly.  The TABOR Foundation and TABOR Committee serve an important oversight function by bringing budgetary issues to the attention of public officials, creating more transparency in decision-making, and holding officials and governmental agencies to account for their decisions.

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  • Dana West, Internet Communications

After graduating from Michigan State University, Dana moved to Colorado.  He was one of Radio Shack’s top-ranked Senior Managers for many years before leaving to work at Qwest Communications.  He loves technology, social media, college football and the internet.  Go Green!

 

  • Dennis Polhill, Board member (TABOR Committee only)

Dennis PolhillDennis received degrees in engineering and math from the University of Illinois in 1970 and graduate degrees in engineering and public administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978.

He worked a decade as a City Engineer and Director of Public Works in Urbana, Illinois, Cumberland, Maryland and Lakewood, Colorado, after which he worked as a consultant in engineering and management to governments all across North America for the decade of the 1980s.

The firm he established developed a new field of engineering called Pavement Management utilizing sophisticated techniques to optimize performance of capital outlays by governments.

Dennis became a Registered Professional Engineer in 12 states and a Registered Land Surveyor in 2 states.

In the 1990s Dennis became involved in numerous real estate, capital finance and entrepreneurial ventures in Colorado, California and Illinois.

Also in the 1990s Dennis became one of the leaders of the term limits movement and became a Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute.

  • Brad Hughes, Corporate Secretary

Brad-Hughes8-12 75KBrad Hughes has been a Director (or above) for six different entities in six different industries, including Fortune 200, SME, nonprofit, religious, think tank, and the university environments. Brad has over 30 years of telecom experience, including AT&T, US WEST, and Qwest, where he was a director of strategy. He retired from the corporate environment as the Vice-President of Industry Analysis at Telogical Systems of McLean,VA.

He is a former loaned executive to the University of Colorado College of Engineering where he was the Director of the Government Technology Program. Brad serves on multiple nonprofit boards of directors and is currently a Fellow in Worldviews and Economics at the Centennial Institute, the think tank arm of Colorado Christian University.

Brad has completed international business assignments in Russia and Germany. He has authored essays regarding free market economics and the Judeo-Christian worldview for the American Thinker, the Schwarz Report, the Centennial Review, the Western Center of Journalism, Centennial Institute, and other publications. Brad holds five degrees, including an MBA and an MS from the University of Colorado. He has taught extensively on worldview comparative analyses.

  • Don BeezleyHon. Donald L. Beezley, Board member

Former State Representative Don Beezley was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2010, representing House District 33 in the Broomfield, CO area. Don served as Vice Chair of the Education Committee and was a passionate voice for education reform through choice and parent empowerment. He also served on the finance committee where he took full advantage of the opportunity to champion pro-growth tax policies. His consistent, principled, articulate sharing of the ideas of freedom, including civil and economic liberties, earned him the moniker, “conscience of the caucus.” He was also honored as the Taxpayer’s Champion twice by the Colorado Union of Taxpayers.

Don has over 25 years of business experience as the owner of multiple small businesses, has served in senior management in corporate America and was Vice President for Development at the Cato Institute, a Washington, DC think tank. He is currently President of Tager Enterprises, Inc., doing small business brokerage, business coaching and franchise development for HealthSource Chiropractic Inc., the largest chiropractic chain in the world. He founded My Independent America in 2012, dedicated to sharing a message of social tolerance, fiscal responsibility and love for freedom with Americans from every walk of life. Don is passionate about sharing the ideas and ideals of freedom and prosperity that lie at the heart of American greatness and opportunity.

Don has appeared on Fox News national, local television and made multiple radio appearances.

  • Brian vande Krol, Board member

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From finishing drywall to building multi-million dollar hotels, jumping out of planes to competing in ironman triathlons, owning and operating a vending business to owning and operating a flooring business, working as a semi-professional skydiver to coaching swimmers and endurance athletes, Brian Vande Krol has a wealth of experience in the kind of things that make Colorado great – rugged individualism and entrepreneurship, hard work, and living the active Colorado lifestyle.

Brian is also a strong advocate for economic freedom, with a vision for a more prosperous and better educated Colorado, a vision that can only be achieved by respecting the wisdom of Coloradans to make responsible choices for their own lives, free from unnecessary government interference. Brian has served on the Board of Directors of CRBC for one year, and has been very helpful on the Legislative Issues Committee.

  • Rebecca Sopkin, Board member

2 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Good morning……..

    My name is Peter Coulter and I am a strong supporter of Tabor. During the last Ballot Initiative of 2014; I proposed a definition of “fee” that was previously prescribed by the SCOTUS. The purpose was to counteract the bizarre definition that the Colorado Supreme Court enacted in Barber v. Ritter 196 P. 3d 238 – 2008. We were hamstrung by two items: 1. We got a very late start and 2. Our initiative was on the desk of the Colorado Supreme Court for over 6 weeks because of a bogus argument by Justice Rice and Hobbs. By the time they finished holding it up, it was way too late to get the signatures.
    I want to try it again in 2016; and have already made some moves to make it easier to get it on the ballot.
    My question for you is I would like to request we join forces to get this initiative passed which would implement the true meaning that Mr. Bruce for TABOR when it was first initiated.

    Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

    /s/ Peter Coulter
    Mr.PeterCoulter@gmail.com

  2. http://www.cu.edu/cu-advocates/events/cu-scoop-tabor

    University of Colorado: TABOR Lawsuit and Discussion: Potential impacts to higher education and the state budget
    When:
    Wednesday, September 23, 2015 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm
    Where:
    CU-Boulder, Wolf Law Building, Room 307
    Description:

    TABOR Lawsuit and Discussion: Potential impacts to higher education and the state budget
    Guest speaker will be David Skaggs who served 12 years in Congress (1987-1999) as U.S. Representative from the 2nd Congressional District and three terms in the Colorado House (1981-1987). David is a legal senior advisory with Dentons U.S. He leads the legal team challenging the constitutionality of the Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights. David is also an adjunct professor at the CU School of Law. He is co-chairman of the Board of the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics. Read up on the state’s budget challenges. Please register here https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/UCO/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=189831

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