Wednesday, June 19, 2019

TABOR can be repealed

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 8:45 AM

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Reversing a state Title Board decision, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a decision on June 17 that the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) could be repealed in its entirety. The Title Board’s ruling was based on the state Constitution’s single-subject rule, adopted in the wake of voters approving TABOR in 1992. TABOR has many parts — from revenue caps to required votes on tax increases — and thus the high court has previously ruled that repealing it by initiative would violate that rule.

“Now they’re saying, ‘never mind,’” TABOR author Douglas Bruce of Colorado Springs tells the Indy. “Somebody got to them.” The conservative Colorado Rising Action opposes the move and claims 71 percent of Coloradans support TABOR.

The ruling allows the TABOR-repealing Initiative 3, brought by the Colorado Fiscal Institute, to continue to seek a place on the November ballot.

Meantime, Republican heavyweights — such as former Gov. Bill Owens and former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown — urged opposition to Proposition CC, a legislatively-referred November ballot measure to allow the state to keep excess funds above TABOR caps for transportation and education needs. 

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