Tax Payers Bill of Rights Archives - Colorado Politics

Rachael WrightRachael WrightMay 11, 20177min133

Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … A new welfare law was finally agreed upon and the Legislature narrowly averted a special session. “That’s the art of compromise,” Gov. Roy Romer said. He said he would sign the latest version of the state's welfare reform law that had successfully met the requirements of new federal laws while passing muster on both sides of the Legislature's aisle.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 10, 20176min137

A couple of Mesa County women didn't fool anyone when they allegedly tried to cast second ballots in last fall's general election by forging the names of current or former relatives. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported the two face possible voter fraud charges. It doesn't sound like the SAT test this year's 11th graders took is anything like their parent's SAT tests. Could it be ... easier?


Sen. Lucia GuzmanSen. Lucia GuzmanMarch 20, 20174min1290

Delta. Montrose. Lincoln. Teller. Fremont. Las Animas. Morgan. Garfield. These are a handful of counties in rural Colorado that are home to hospitals. Hospitals that not only provide access to life-saving health care for residents, but are most likely the area’s largest employer. These hospitals are typically smaller than their urban counterparts, but they are pillars in their communities, empowering people to build their lives in the towns they have called home for years.


Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 13, 20168min1320

Amendment 72 supporters claim that raising tobacco taxes will reduce smoking. That’s a smokescreen. What the amendment really does is create a constitutionally mandated stream of revenue for two state health bureaucracies that seek to shake off the shackles of legislative budgetary oversight. Under Amendment 72, the state tax on a pack of cigarettes will rise to $2.59 from $0.84. Most of this new TABOR-exempt revenue will go to the departments of Public Health and Environment (DPHE) and Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF).