Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsAugust 15, 20182min317

While I agree families who are trying to afford the rapidly-increasing cost of child care in Colorado need additional help, I disagree with Kelly Sloan’s suggested policy solution (“Time has come for child-care savings accounts in Colorado,” Aug. 6). Though he seems to oppose public support for struggling Colorado families, he contradicts himself by proposing a tax credit for employers and others who contribute to a child savings account. Tax credits are essentially public support allocated through the tax code.

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 14, 20182min727

They’re calling the event “Another look at TABOR” — as in 1992’s voter-enacted Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights — because of course it won’t be the first time skeptics of the epic tax-limiting provision in the Colorado Constitution have eyed it in hopes of changing it.

And while the March 19 forum, announced in a news release this week by the League of Women Voters of Denver, is billed as a mere briefing and discussion on the subject —  it’s a pretty safe bet change will be on the agenda.

The featured speaker is TABOR critic Carol Hedges, executive director of the left-leaning Colorado Fiscal Institute and author of “Ten Years of TABOR.” Hedges, the league promises, will offer “an insightful presentation on TABOR and what impact it may have on Colorado’s future.” Her presentation probably won’t include praise for TABOR’s taxing and spending limits or for TABOR author Douglas Bruce.

Of course, if Hot Sheet were to solicit a comment from Bruce — the legendarily  less-than-personable Colorado Springs real estate investor and perennial political activist who served time for tax evasion — he likely would dismiss the forum as another attempt to gut the will of Colorado voters and engorge government. Then, he would hang up. We’d always welcome his input, though.

Here’s more on the forum:

Where: Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street in Denver, McCollum Room

When: Monday, March 19, 5:30 pm – Coffee & networking; 6:00 pm – Presentation


Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 11, 20184min417
Two left-leaning policy think tanks in Denver are calling out the Colorado legislature to put people over roads in transportation and tax-cut bills. “Colorado is one of the strongest state economies in the country, it’s in a ‘hole’ when it comes to funding the public supports that help many Colorado families and communities thrive,” states […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 4, 20177min319
State Sen. Chris Holbert says Coloradans are about to feel some pain, and potentially some shame, when a 2010 law takes effect in July allowing the state to collect personal data about online purchases. His Senate Bill 238 would waive a Colorado requirement that online retailers who don’t collect sales taxes to send the name, shipping […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 20, 20179min212
Donald Trump’s budget is more about politics and philosophy than policy and reality. That was the consensus of more than a dozen economists and analysts interviewed by Colorado Politics after Trump dropped his proposal with a political thud. Sen. Cory Gardner, the Republican from Yuma who serves on the Senate Budget Committee, reminded Trump that it’s […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 3, 20174min294
Colorado’s 163,000 undocumented immigrants pay plenty in taxes, according to a new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. The nonprofit think tank on state and federal tax policy estimates undocumented residents contributed $21.4 million in personal income taxes, $35.8 million in property taxes and $82.2 million in sales and excise taxes to the state […]

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Chris StifflerChris StifflerJuly 28, 20166min447

When it comes to Colorado’s marijuana tax revenue, there’s a widespread misconception that we can now just pay all of our bills with pot money. My organization, which gives many presentations about the state budget across Colorado, hears this almost every time we visit a community. What do you mean the state has budget difficulties? The state’s rolling in the dough because of marijuana. Isn’t it?