Colorado's failed attempt to incarcerate away drugs costs taxpayers roughly $140 million per year just for prison beds. Budget hawks have turned a blind eye to one of the most extreme spending sprees in state history.
Romer has isolated a grassroots community that includes thousands of Denver voters who see his actions not just as political posturing, but also as a threat to rights they utilize to live their daily lives.
The Finance Committee's proposal would impose a tax on employer-sponsored insurance for plans with costs above $21,000 for a family. In Colorado, the average annual premium cost was $11,952 for a family.