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Resist latest attempt to weaken Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights

In 2005, voters were promised that if the state were allowed to keep the excess revenue that should have been refunded to taxpayers under TABOR, the money would be used to boost education spending. Referendum C was approved, but the money never made it to the classroom. “Spending on programs not associated with Referendum C has grown more than twice as fast as spending on education and health care,” former state Treasurer Mark Hillman noted in 2007.

Rebate grabbers at Colorado Capitol try a new scheme

State politicians are scheming to have Gov. Jared Polis call a special session this summer. They need a chance to fix their big problem with Proposition CC.

Prop CC, referred to the ballot by the 2019 Legislature, would gut the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Surveys show TABOR, passed by voters in 1992, is more popular than ever.

Go ahead, put a Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights repeal on the ballot

Come on you taxpayer-hating, consent-loathing, voter-fearing pantywaists.

Cowboy up and put a full repeal of our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights on the ballot. You know you want to. So just do it.

I’m talking to you in the Colorado Legislature who’ve been calling tax increases “fees” because you don’t trust the people who elected you to vote on their own taxes. You who want another “TABOR time out” to nibble away consent and jack up spending limits permanently.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis Is Working On A New Plan To Block Tax Relief

Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) welcomed conservative economist Art Laffer to the state capitol in Denver today to help gin up Republican support for a potential deal intended to avert taxpayer refunds projected to be sent to Colorado taxpayers in the coming year, with Polis’ ultimate goal being the wounding of the nation’s strongest taxpayer protection measure so that it remains in effect in name only, not in practice. 

Defend taxpayer consent in Colorado by defeating Prop CC

If Proposition CC passes on November’s ballot, gutting the public’s right to consent, Colorado’s economy will suffer. Politicians who support the measure will deserve the blame.

At issue is the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, known as TABOR, which keeps the governed in charge of the government. It prevents tax increases without consent of voters. It requires clear and truthful wording of ballot measures that seek tax hikes. Using a formula of population growth and inflation, TABOR requires the government to return surplus revenues that exceed a fluctuating limit.