CUT names champs, chumps in 2009 ratings - Colorado Politics

CUT names champs, chumps in 2009 ratings

Author: - September 4, 2009 - Updated: September 4, 2009

Dear Editor,

The Colorado Union of Taxpayers (CUT), a nonpartisan group advocating for taxpayers, recently released its “2009 CUT Ratings of the Legislature.” Taxpayer Champions and Guardians, those state legislators voting most often in favor of the taxpayer, were announced.

Earning Senate Champion status, with scores of 97 percent were Republican Sens. Dave Schultheis and Bill Cadman, both of Colorado Springs. House Champion was Rep. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, who scored 100 percent. Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, scored 91 percent, ranking him as Senate Guardian.

House Guardians are Reps. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, a candidate for Congress (in CD 4), and Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, each with scores of 90 percent. Nine senators tied as big losers with scores of 3.13 percent, while Rep. Su Ryden, D-Aurora, is the House loser with 0 percent.

Gov. Bill Ritter scored 9 percent.

Another “F” was awarded to the Legislature, which continues to pass bills to redistribute dollars to special interest groups, increase fees, raid cash funds, eliminate spending caps and attack your liberty!

The Colorado budget crisis, which we hear about at every turn, is a budget for 2009/2010 that is 2.6 percent higher than the prior year!

What crisis?

In an economic downturn, when Colorado citizens must tighten their belts, government must be expected to do the same. TABOR, the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, continues to win support from Colorado voters and can be credited for protecting Colorado from the real budget woes being experienced in California.

The full 2009 Ratings Report may be found at

Marty Neilson

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