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.
(BOSTON) – Technically the “Great Recession” ended in June of 2009, but Gallup reports that 66 percent of Americans say it’s not over yet. Economists tell us the economy is starting to look good (manufacturing & housing starts, up; gasoline prices and unemployment, down) but 68 percent of the people tell pollsters the economy is bad, and 67 percent say the country is on the “wrong track.”