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  • Reducing state income tax a counter to recession

    Reducing state income tax a counter to recession0

    • August 2, 2022

    Reducing state income tax a counter to recession Today at 8:30 a.m., the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis will release second quarter GDP numbers. If it reports negative economic growth as economists expect, then a technical recession has already begun in the United States. Colorado can insulate itself by reducing the state income tax. Understanding why

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  • LISTEN: Governor Polis’ 2022 Budget with Ben Murrey

    LISTEN: Governor Polis’ 2022 Budget with Ben Murrey0

    • February 10, 2022

    Governor Jared Polis released his FY2022-23 budget proposal in November 2021. On December 2, Independence Institute’s Fiscal Policy Director Ben Murrey went on KLZ 560 AM in Denver to speak with host Kim Monson and discuss the governor’s budget, the massive expansion in state revenues over the past decade, and the economic outlook for the

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  • The Colorado Skills Gap: Underlying Causes

    The Colorado Skills Gap: Underlying Causes0

    • December 10, 2021

    This report identifies and explores possible grounds for, and consequences of, skills gaps in Colorado’s labor market. Imbalances between job openings and job applicants are neither new nor largely unique to Colorado. Every state examined in this report suffers longstanding labor supply/demand imbalances, including gaps between the skill requirements of high-paying jobs and the skills

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  • Amendment 78: Accountability and Transparency For Custodial Funds0

    • October 27, 2021

    Topline Summary: Under current law, the governor or executive branch officials can unilaterally allocate certain funds which originate from outside of the state—known as custodial funds—often with little or no oversight. Amendment 78 would democratize the process of allocating custodial funds by requiring the general assembly to appropriate such funds after a public hearing. If

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  • Fees, Enterprises, and Colorado

    Fees, Enterprises, and Colorado0

    • July 29, 2020

    This issue paper discusses how Colorado has created loopholes, such as fees and enterprises, to bypass the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).

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  • Special interest giveaways burden Colorado taxpayers, muddy tax code0

    • March 12, 2014

    Last fall, Colorado officials claimed a $1 billion tax increase was needed to save the state’s public schools. Voters did not approve the tax increase. If officials were telling the truth, one would expect that this year they would be directing every extra budget dollar toward K-12 education. This is not happening. Instead, bills currently

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