IP-8-1995 (April 1995)
Author: Fred Holden
- Although American political heritage teaches the importance of representative government, in practice the best representation comes to those with the best lobbyists.
- Over half (25%) of all lobbyists registered in Colorado represent government or quasi-government entities.
- As a result, taxpayers are forced to support a large cadre of lobbyists who push for even higher taxes.
- To provide better balance – and more truly representative government – a stronger taxpayer lobbying voice is needed.
- One remedy would be to impose a 4% surcharge on lobbying expenditures of government entities. The revenue would be placed in a Taxpayer Lobby Trust Fund, to support pro-taxpayer lobbying.
- Alternatively, or additionally, place a check-off box on the Colorado income tax form, so that taxpayers can voluntarily designate a portion of their refund to support lobbyists with a lower-tax smaller-government viewpoint.