Opinion: TABOR has united Coloradans
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2019 5:00AM MDT
Special to The Colorado Sun
In a growing partisan culture, there’s still something Coloradans ranging the political spectrum can agree on: the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
In recent public polling, when given the simple, unbiased definition, 71 percent of registered voters in Colorado support TABOR, while only 28 percent oppose the law.
What’s the secret to this overwhelming popularity? First, Coloradans love being able to vote on tax increases. It’s simple: the government has to make the case to voters in order to get more of their hard-earned money.
Second, TABOR provides guardrails for the size of government. The state budget still grows every year, but the growth is limited. TABOR keeps the government truly serving the people.
Over the past several years, voters have sent a message to state lawmakers by voting down the last six statewide tax increases on the ballot — most by huge margins.
But this hasn’t stopped lawmakers and progressive special interest groups from developing workarounds in the form of fees, enterprises, and lawsuits to allow the state to spend more taxpayer money. Continue reading
Well, you may have to do it again with Democrats wanting to take another swing at TABOR.
According to the Colorado Sun, Democrat lawmakers want voters to permanently set aside spending caps in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
House Speaker KC Becker, from Boulder, is drafting the measure. Becker at a town hall meeting pleaded, “I’m asking voters ‘Can you let the state keep the revenue we are already collecting?’”
Translation: We’re entitled to keep more of the money we are stealing from you.
The measure would allow the state to keep as much as $960 million in your tax dollars through June 2020.
What don’t these Democrats understand?
Why #TABOR Matters:
Letting you vote on #tax increases.
If it’s worthwhile, then make the case for it instead of trying to ram it down our throats….
The Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, letting voters have their voices heard on tax increases since 1992
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Why #TABOR matters:
A favorite trick of elected officials is to call something a “fee”, when most citizens would consider it a tax. TABOR requires that only taxes by voted on by citizens. Fees may be arbitrarily assigned by elected offices without a vote of the people.
Krista talks with Michael Fields of Colorado Rising Action on TABOR polling
Feb 25, 2019