Colorado’s economic prosperity is mostly a good thing, but it has a downside: Prosperity attracts newcomers ignorant of our state’s culture—and often unaware there is
anything to learn.
You can see it in the great outdoors. Colorado’s environment is different from those of most other states. Colo
rado has greater altitudes, steeper mountains, harsher sun, drier weather, sudden weather changes, and fierce temperature drops. Our environment, while stunning, is far less forgiving than most newcomers are used to. If you get into trouble . . . . well, as we used to say in the Colorado Mountain Club, “The mountains don’t care.”
For that reason the classic “ten essentials” of hiking—extra layers, extra water, a head covering, maps, good boots, sun screen, etc.—are even more important for Colorado than for most other places.
Yet visit any of our popular hiking areas and you’ll see the trails populated by people outfitted like they were strolling in a public park in Boston: no hats, no extra layers, little water, almost no provisions of any kind.
Now that Proposition CC has gone down in flames, what will progressives do next to sabotage TABOR?
Aren’t you sick and tired on politicians trying to weasel their way out of, or ignoring, TABOR?
We need to do something about it, right?
Well then, why not you?
Yes, you read that right.
Why not? It’s a great time to get involved.
If not you, then who?
We could use your help, talents, and skills defending the gold standard, Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
We’re looking forward to having you help Colorado.
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Voters stood up for tax refunds—but not charter schools.
By The Editorial Board
Nov. 6, 2019 7:05 pm ET
Opinion: Colorado Voters Stood Up for Tax Refunds
Proposition CC would have affected the Taxpayer Bill of Rights in Colorado. However, the measure failed at the polls on November 5, 2019. Image: David Zalubowski/Associated Press
They didn’t make the biggest headlines, but Tuesday’s elections in Colorado included two results that deserve national attention. First, a wide margin of voters refused to weaken the state’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights, a constitutional provision that prevents state tax collections from outpacing inflation plus population growth.
Voters approved TABOR, as it’s commonly called, in 1992. Since then it has delivered Coloradans about $3.5 billion in tax refunds, which are required whenever state revenue exceeds the calculated limit. But politicians, being politicians, would much prefer to spend the extra funds. Proposition CC would have eviscerated TABOR by allowing the state to put any revenue windfall into schools and roads.
A point of worry among fiscal conservatives was the ballot question’s wording, which began: “Without raising taxes . . . ” Perhaps this was strictly accurate, since no tax rates would have changed. But it was misleading in spirit, given that the proposition’s point was to let the state government keep more taxpayer money. Voters weren’t fooled. The measure failed, 45% to 55%, as of the tally Wednesday.
November 4, 2019 by Dan Mitchell
Last November, voters in some states had the opportunity to accept or reject some very important initiatives, including votes on Colorado’s flat tax, Arizona’s school choice system, and a carbon tax in the state of Washington.
Since 2019 is an off-year election, there aren’t as many initiatives and referendums. But one of them is vitally important. Politicians in Colorado are hoping voters will approve Proposition CC, which would gut the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) and thus allow more government spending.
Why is TABOR worth defending? Because it’s far and away the most effective and well-designed fiscal rule in the United States.
Colorado voters adopted The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights in 1992. TABOR allows government spending to grow each year at the rate of inflation-plus-population. Government can increase faster whenever voters consent. Likewise, tax rates can be increased whenever voters consent. …The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights requires that excess government revenues be refunded to taxpayers, unless taxpayers vote to let the government keep the revenue.
Proposition CC doesn’t fully repeal TABOR, but it allows politicians to keep – and spend – excess tax revenues.
The 2020 presidential campaign is dominating media coverage, but in just a few days, on Nov. 5, the voters (not a poll) of the battleground state of Colorado will determine the future of the nation’s strongest and most effective tax and expenditure limitation measure, known as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR).
Approved by more than 53 percent of voters in 1992, Colorado’s TABOR mandates that state revenue cannot grow faster than the combined rate of inflation and population growth. State revenue collected in excess of the TABOR cap is refunded to taxpayers. TABOR also requires lawmakers to get voter approval for all tax increases.
It is projected that Colorado state government will have to refund roughly $500 million to Colorado taxpayers in 2020 due to revenue collections coming in above the TABOR cap. The progressive Democrats who run Colorado’s state legislature and Democratic Gov. Jared Polis are working to prevent those and all future refunds from happening with a measure referred to the November 2019 ballot that seeks to kill the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
Proposition CC, which will appear on the statewide ballot in Colorado this fall, asks Colorado voters to allow state government to keep money that is supposed to be sent back to taxpayers in accordance with TABOR. Passage of Proposition CC would mean the end of the TABOR and the result would be a significantly higher tax burden in perpetuity for individuals, families, and employers across Colorado.
- Does it make sense to vote to give up your right to vote, FOREVER?
- Is it right to vote away other people’s right to vote?
- Government spending is either limited or unlimited. Which do you want?
- The Founding Fathers risked everything for “posterity.” That’s us. Should we surrender the rights of our children and grandchildren…our posterity?
- If you don’t want your state tax refund, tear up your state refund check, butdon’t deny state tax refunds to millions of families who want or need it.
- Make politicians live on a balanced budget, not a blank check.
- America was founded on “the consent of the governed,” a very good idea.
- If spending grows without limit in good times, cuts hurt more in bad times.
- Politicians can change current spending promises in 2020. It’s called lying.
- State spending grows automatically by inflation plus population; we are voting only on the surplus. No ordinary law can change the constitution.
- Total state spending is over $40.9 BILLION yearly; it has zoomed from $9 BILLION in 1994 (6.5% yearly). With 5.5 million people, it now exceeds $7,500 EACH ($30,000 for an average family of four). Isn’t that enough?
- In 2005, they tricked us into a 5-year state spending “time out.” 14 years later, they still steal our refunds. Our loss now exceeds $2 billion yearly.
- Colorado has the best economy of any state, per a national survey. Don’t ruin our prosperity by allowing this BIG tax hike!
- The ballot title says, “Without raising taxes,” another lie. If you lose your tax refund, you pay higher total taxes than if you get your tax refund.