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  • Counting the Cash Again: An Update on Colorado School Finance

    Counting the Cash Again: An Update on Colorado School Finance0

    • October 31, 2016

    School finance is a constant topic of interest in Colorado education discussions. However, the complex nature of school finance means that many do not feel adequately prepared to meaningfully participate in these conversations. In his latest publication, Senior Education Policy Analyst Ross Izard provides the information needed to have honest, accurate discussions of Colorado’s school finance

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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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  • Who Pays Colorado Taxes?

    Who Pays Colorado Taxes?0

    • September 16, 2015

    Linda Gorman writes about the 38 percent increase in Colorado state spending.

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