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  • Caldara’s Newsletter 09-27-16 “The conservative argument against Amendment 71”0

    • September 27, 2016

    As someone who has dedicated their career to limiting government and protecting the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, I wanted to share the conservative case against Amendment 71 – what we’re calling “Rig the Bar.” Here is my op-ed that was originally published in the Colorado Springs Gazette and later on Complete Colorado. ———————————————- Do you

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  • The Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights

    The Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights0

    • September 9, 2016

    Nearly all American constitutions, federal and state, contain financial restrictions. Some of the state restrictions are very comprehensive. So Colorado’s “Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights” (TABOR) is not as “unique” as both its friends and its enemies claim. But TABOR is probably the most famous provision of its kind.

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  • Anti-TABOR lawsuit almost gone, and it’s about time0

    • June 12, 2016

    This article originally appeared in the Denver Post. The 2011 federal lawsuit to void the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) is finally all but over. The U.S. Court of Appeals had twice permitted the case of Kerr vs. Hickenlooper to proceed — but felt compelled to modify its decision after the Supreme Court told

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  • Two Decades of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR)

    Two Decades of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR)0

    • May 23, 2016

    Over two decades have passed since Colorado voters adopted The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights in 1992. TABOR allows government spending to grow each year at the rate of inflation-plus-population. Government can increase faster whenever voters consent. Likewise, tax rates can be increased whenever voters consent. This Issue Paper analyzes TABOR’s effect on state government spending and taxes by examining three decades: The 1983-92 pre-TABOR decade; the first decade of TABOR, 1993-2002; and the second decade, 2003-12. The final decade included the largest tax increase in Colorado history, enacted as Referendum C in 2005. Decade-2 was also marked by increasing efforts to evade TABOR by defining nearly 60% of the state budget as “exempt” from TABOR.

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  • Although Chief Justice Roberts’ Dissent in the Arizona Legislature Case Cited My Research, I Actually Agree With the Majority!0

    • July 12, 2015

    In my last post, I discussed the effect on Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Comm’n. In this post, I explain why the Arizona case was decided correctly. Some people may be surprised that I think the holding was correct. I’m politically

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  • Supreme Court’s Order Great for TABOR0

    • July 4, 2015

    For a video in which Rob and Justin Longo talk about the Arizona Legislature case and why it is good for TABOR, click here. A slightly abbreviated form of this article first appeared in the Denver Post. The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent order in the case against Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) is a

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