TABOR

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Guest editorial: Provider fee bait and switch evades TABOR

The only way to interpret TABOR is that the limit must be lowered by the amount the program costs taxpayers.

By Brian Vande Krol · June 22, 2017 · 0 comments · Gold Dome, Health Care, TABOR, Taxes
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Senate Bill 267 and the ‘Grand Betrayal’ by Colorado Republicans

The “grand compromise” of SB 267 is the largest “grand betrayal” from Republicans I have ever witnessed in my more than 25 years in Colorado politics.

By Jon Caldara · May 24, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · debt, Gold Dome, Jon Caldara, Politics, TABOR, Taxes
Standing from left, Mark Grueskin and Jon Caldara debate the title given Caldara's ballot initiative last month before the state's title board.

Colorado’s “Damn Roads” one step closer to getting fixed after challenge period passes

“We said without raising taxes because that’s what’s in the measure. It is up to the legislature to decide how to fund this. Maybe it’s through budget cuts, maybe it’s through innovation, maybe it’s through reprioritization.” — Jon Caldara, President of the Independence Institute.

By Sherrie Peif · May 10, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Elections, Featured, Gold Dome, Jon Caldara, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Transportation, Uncategorized
Rural Colorado hospital, schools and roads bill one step away from becoming law

Rural Colorado hospital, schools and roads bill one step away from becoming law

“Our constitution is pretty clear,” Rep. Tim Leonard (R-Jefferson) said. “We need to be a single-subject bill. I would suggest we are creating a dangerous precedent here that incorporates so many things to make so many people happy.”

By Sherrie Peif · May 9, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · debt, Durango, Education, Elections, Featured, Gold Dome, Health Care, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Top News, Transportation, Uncategorized
Sen. Jerry Sonnenburg from northeastern Colorado appeals to his fellow lawmakers on the Senate Floor Friday.

Seventy-two page amendment to Sustaining Rural Colorado bill gets the job done on Senate floor

The original 57-page version — that some argue is far from a single-subject bill — is now 76 pages and includes 72 pages of strike below text. In other words, “Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado” is the only thing that remains from the original version.

By Sherrie Peif · May 5, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · debt, Featured, Gold Dome, Politics, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Top News, Transportation

Rural hospitals and roads bill off life support; still driving wedge between Republicans

“It’s not just a bad bill. It’s a constitutionally bad bill.” Kevin Lundberg on SB17-267

By Sherrie Peif · May 4, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Featured, Gold Dome, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Transportation
Senators Cooke and Neville take a stab at transportation fix

Senators Cooke and Neville take a stab at transportation fix

“It’s our job; it’s what we’re supposed to do. There’s money there to be found. The state of Colorado has to have some skin in the game. We have to have some money come from the general fund.” Sen. John Cooke, (R-Greeley).

By Sherrie Peif · April 26, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · debt, Elections, Featured, Gold Dome, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Transportation
Colorado Operational Budget 2006-2017

State representative Leonard responds to story on transportation bills

Our Colorado State Budget has grown $1,000,000,000 each year for the past 9 years.

By Rep. Tim Leonard · April 24, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Gold Dome, Jeffco, Politics, TABOR, Taxes, Transportation
Republican Senators from left Randy Baumgardner and Kevin Grantham meet with media on Thursday to discuss the fate of two controversial bills. Photo by Sherrie Peif

Bills funding transportation, schools and hospitals appear dead; stalled in the House

“If we’re not going to have any negotiations in good faith, then what they have done has not been in good faith. If we’re not going to have negotiations, then there is no point in having a damn bill.” — Jerry Sonnenberg on SB17-267

By Sherrie Peif · April 21, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · debt, Elections, Featured, Gold Dome, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Top News, Uncategorized
TABOR bill sponsor responds to constituents and bows out; says he will vote against changes

TABOR bill sponsor responds to constituents and bows out; says he will vote against changes

I have decided to take my name off HB 1187 and will be voting against it.

By Sherrie Peif · March 9, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Economy, Elections, Linda Gorman, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Uncategorized