Colorado’s economy has shown remarkable resiliency in the wake of the Great Recession.
Unemployment has steadily fallen from a high of 9.6% in 2010 to an estimated 4.1% in November 2014.
Income indicators roared past pre-recession levels and now both wages and salary and per capita income are significantly higher.
In the past five years, taxes and fees paid by Coloradans to their state government have grown by 43% from $8.5 billion to an estimated $12.3 billion in the current year.
And next year, state revenue could surpass the state’s spending limit for the first time in 15 years, triggering a modest rebate to taxpayers of $116 million or 0.4% of next year’s state budget.
But those in the Government Always Needs More Money Choir just can’t stand this prosperity. They are howling that that this modest refund – and perhaps future refunds, if the economy continues to grow – are somehow strangling our state government. Continue reading →
As a single mom budgeting for energy costs, my blood pressure just went up a little higher. The Farmer’s Almanac recently released its latest prediction: This winter will be colder, and the 2015 summer will be hotter. That means higher energy costs in my family budget. Continue reading →
Colorado’s legalization of optional (miscalled “recreational”) marijuana is a dangerous experiment at young people’s expense, requiring damage control measures by state and local government as soon as possible. That’s the conclusion Continue reading →
In June I was at a Cory Gardner for Senate get-together. The Colorado Republican candidate told a roomful of friends that he was surprised to see his Democratic opponent, Mark Udall, running ads accusing Gardner of banning birth control – since Gardner had just picked up his wife’s birth control pills. Everybody laughed. Continue reading →
In the classic film “Cool Hand Luke,” the prison captain looks down at Luke, played by Paul Newman, who lies on the floor having once again failed in an attempt to escape, and tells Luke “You’re gonna get your mind right. And I mean right.” Continue reading →
“A straight line runs from Runnymede to Philadelphia.” -Hatton Sumners
This blood-connection between the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence has disappeared from the public eye over the years, but British politician and author Daniel Hannan believes that the underlying link between the two is undeniable and unbreakable.