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Embracing ObamaCare caused Colorado budget crunch

(By Mark Hillman) The newest dubious justification for weakening Colorado's limits on government spending is "our aging population." The spending lobby seeks to frighten senior citizens by telling them that the Taxpayers Bill of Rights

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TABOR: Keeping Colorado’s spending in check

(By Evan Verbal, ’76 Scholar) “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that Government spends too much." -Ronald Reagan As Coloradans, we love our state and we want our

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Let’s be the Backbone State

  (By John Andrews, Centennial Fellow) What’s a state? For starters, an expanse of territory, a resident population, and a sovereign government. But there’s a lot more, when you think about it

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Freedom’s 800th birthday: Doing your part?

(By Douglas Bruce, ’76 Contributor) Tradition accepts June 15, 1215 as the start of limited government in Anglo-American law. Magna Carta (“great charter’) was signed under duress by King John. John was the brother and

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Are PERA and TABOR on a collision course?

Absent changes to the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association, PERA, or Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights, TABOR, Colorado’s public employee retiree population will be on a collision course with the Colorado taxpayer population in the

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Don’t punish taxpayers for prosperity

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

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Beware of Amendment 66

Route 66 is a famous highway; Amendment 66 is a fiscal dead end, taking over a billion dollars yearly in new state taxes. Here are three strikes against #66 almost no one knows.

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Amendment 66 would waste your tax dollars

Referendum C set TABOR’s tax baseline at the highest amount collected between 2005 to 2010. Ref C’s big-spending advocates promised that its tax burden would last only five years. But Coloradans still pay $1 billion

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In Colorado, mutual distrust between Dems & voters

(Centennial Fellow) Four years ago, Colorado voters decided to trust Democrats with complete control of state government – the governor’s mansion and large majorities in the legislature. As voters consider their choices for 2010, they

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Declaration of Dependence: Sign here

(Denver Post, May 2) “Son, you have become a man. Mom and I are so proud of your maturity. In turning 21 today and taking a bride tomorrow, you reach the age of emancipation. This

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