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Is "Efficiencies" a Euphemism for Heathcare Cuts?

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.15.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The latest Republican to stand in front of a camera and complain about state spending on health care for the elderly, disabled, and other poor people,...

Which Poor People Do the Republicans Want to Cut from the Health Care Rolls?

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.11.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If you're a journalist or even a blogger, you love to point out evolving explanations by politicians for taking a political stance. They're usually an indicator that politicians have ulterior motives, which they're struggling to hide by trying to come up with a false explanation that makes sense.

When It Comes to Influencing GOP Legislators, Business Interests Can't Match Koch-Funded Group

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.07.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Much has been written about the Colorado Democrats' proposal to remove a hospital fee from TABOR restrictions. But one question that hasn't been explained fully is, why the near-unanimous opposition by Republican state lawmakers to the proposal?

Colorado Springs Mayor Should Ignore Those Animosity-Filled People

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.23.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

In 2017-2018, the state contribution to covering Obamacare's Medicaid enrollees, which looks to be on the order of $75 million, is still a fraction of the HPF money collected.

Republicans Wrongly Blame Budget Woes on Obamacare and the Poor

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.12.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

A key component of Obamcare is to reduce the number of uninsured by allowing more people to qualify for Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for low-income people.

Senate Candidate Dodges Questions

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.01.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Former state Rep. Jon Keyser eagerly offered his opinion on the Iran nuclear deal, but he dodged questions on whether he'd like to change TABOR and abolish a state program offering in-state tuition for undocumented college students.

Pot Holes Are Wake-Up Call for Republican Mayor of Colorado Springs

Jason Salzman | Posted 09.14.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I wasn't sure the phrase existed in right-wing Colorado Springs, despite the pot holes that are proliferating due to the lack of tax money to fix them.

Nederland's Bag Tax Disguised As a 'Fee' Violates Colorado's TABOR

Mike Krause | Posted 07.14.2016 | Denver
Mike Krause

Nederland recently became the latest local government to enact a new tax in violation of the Colorado Constitution by disingenuously calling it a fee.

I'm Not Talking to You, Denver Post

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.21.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If you're a journalist, this is the kind of  irony that makes you want to jump into the raging Platte River: Colorado's Treasurer Walker Stapleton is trashing a Denver Post article as "completely misleading," even though Stapleton refused an interview request.

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...

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 interve...

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 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...