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Taming TABOR

Joel Judd | Posted 12.23.2014 | Denver
Joel Judd

Talking about taming TABOR. Last month Colorado's economists projected a 2016 TABOR surplus. This provokes alarm in some and delight in others while ...

Aspen Has Collected Over $44K From Plastic Bag Ban

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

A 20-cent plastic bag fee imposed in one Colorado mountain town has really added up. The City of Aspen has raised $44,826 in fees since the ban was...

Another Major City Might Impose Controversial Plastic Bag Fees

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 08.14.2013 | Green

Denver may become the latest city to join in on the plastic bag fee trend that appears to be sweeping the state. If Denver adopts the fee, shopper...

Disposable Bag 'Fee' Is Really a Tax That Requires Approval by Denver Voters

Mike Krause | Posted 10.12.2013 | Denver
Mike Krause

Members of the Denver City Council are proposing an ordinance that would impose a 5-cent charge on disposable bags. Proponents call this bag charge a "fee." But with even a little scrutiny, the ordinance is obviously much closer to a tax than it is to a fee.

TABOR Migraines

Miller Hudson | Posted 07.24.2012 | Denver
Miller Hudson

TABOR, which includes provisions that are rapidly closing a vise on state spending, will soon undermine the quality of services provided to taxpayers.

Day 1: Bruce Begins Serving 180-Day Sentence For Tax Evasion

Posted 02.17.2012 | Denver

Colorado's notorious anti-tax advocate Douglas Bruce reported to jail this morning to begin serving his 180-day sentence for tax evasion. Bruce was be...

Voters To Decide Whether To Raise Taxes For $3 Billion In Education

AP | IVAN MORENO and KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 12.30.2011 | Education

DENVER — The nation's only statewide tax vote on the November ballot asks Colorado voters whether they want to temporarily raise taxes to genera...

Douglas Bruce Fought The Law, Will The Law Win?

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.06.2011 | Denver

Doug Bruce's resume could easily include these bylines: Anti-tax crusader, TABOR author, small government enthusiast. But what about "Colorado lawyer...

Group Challenging TABOR In A Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 07.24.2011 | Denver

*** Update *** The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Wednesday that El Paso County attorney Bill Louis would like to authorize his office to interv...

Not My Job to Raise Taxes, Says Legislator. Then Whose Is It?

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It's been pointed out numerous times of late that those good protesters who dumped tea into Boston Harbor in 1773 weren't against taxation. They wanted representation!

How the State of Colorado Could Increase Jobs, But Won't

David Thielen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Thielen

Every politician in Colorado is claiming they are totally focused on jobs. But in so many cases, they fall back on the same tired proposals they present for any problem.

Doug Bruce: There Are 'As Many Windbags' In The Tea Party As There Are In The General Public

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Political outsiders, gun-toting miners and grizzled pioneers started Colorado's government, but few have caused it more trouble than anti-t...

Doug Bruce Agrees To Testify To Grand Jury After Getting Immunity

Colorado Springs Gazette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Anti-tax activist and former prosecutor Douglas Bruce today agreed to testify before a grand jury after the District Attorney's office granted him imm...

Doug Bruce's Evasion An 'Affront' To Court System, Suthers Says

Colorado Springs Gazette | EILEEN WELSOME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER - A Colorado administrative court has found that anti-tax advocate Douglas Bruce was among a group of people involved in putting three tax-redu...

Cash-Strapped Colorado Springs Has $600k It Cannot Use. Thanks, TABOR

The Gazette | DANIEL CHACON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

It may sound strange, given Colorado Springs' exhaustive and well-publicized budget problems, but the city has nearly $600,000 in "excess" revenue tha...

Cockeyed Coverage of the Municipal Budget Crunch

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

Reporters can't caricature Salt Lake City the way they have Colorado Springs, apparently, so they just don't seem interested.

Michael Bennet Slams Tea Party's "Nihilistic Vision Of The United States" (AUDIO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

In a recorded conversation at an LGTB event in Denver, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet slammed Tea Party activists' views on government as "ludicrous,...

Colorado Teachers, Education Officials Push Back Against TABOR

KDVR | Eli Stokols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER - Amidst ongoing revenue shortfalls and the corresponding cycle of deep budget cuts, opponents of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights have been lookin...

Doug Bruce Identified By Ballot Initiative Backers As Man Behind Controversial Measures

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

UPDATE: The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that Doug Bruce may be held in contempt of court for failing to respond to judge's orders. Colorado Atto...

Senate Republicans--Indignant About

The Denver Post | Lynn Bartels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Speaking of violating the constitution, it's fascinating to see some of these Republicans so worried about violating the constitution now that they're...

Choose Your Poison

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

Sure, Colorado Springs is known for its ultra-conservative politics. But did average citizens there have any idea what they were about to lose when they said no to a property tax increase?

Anti-Tax Bastion Colorado Springs Shows What America Would Look Like If Conservatives Have Their Way

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Sirota

To know the stakes are high, just look at perhaps the single most conservative, anti-tax and anti-government bastion in America -- Colorado Springs.

The State Budget Crunch and Colorado's Future

Rollie Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Rollie Heath

"What kind of state do we want?" Finding answers that most Coloradans will agree with is quite a challenge. We must consider the costs of inaction along with the costs of action.

Scott Mcinnis's Tea Party Dilemma: Support Right Wing Initiatives, Or Face Wrath Of Activists

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

As Colorado wrestles with an already lean state budget growing leaner by the day- one that has forced Gov. Ritter to propose repeated controversial cu...

Tea Baggers Get Kicked Where It Hurts

Kristina Wilfore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristina Wilfore

Out of all of the election results from yesterday, the anti-tax ballot measures in Maine and Washington (known as TABOR) provide a better political tea leaf into voter attitudes going into the 2010 election cycle than anything else.