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The Colorado Supreme Court ruled a ballot initiative to fully repeal the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) amendment to the state constitution meets the single-subject requirement for statewide ballot initiatives. The court released its decision Monday, June 17.

The initiative is the latest attempt to remove TABOR from the state constitution. It would completely repeal section 20 of Article X.

The measure to repeal, currently known as Initiative 3, may appear on the ballot in 2020.

Critics of TABOR blame it for shortfalls in funding public education, transportation, and other services.  They also want to end restrictions it places on state and other governmental units.

Supporters of TABOR credit it for restraining the growth of government, imposing discipline on spending, and alleviating any declines in revenue during economic downturns.

Two other initiatives changing Colorado’s taxing authority will appear on the ballot for 2019.

Proposition DD is a measure to legalize and tax sports betting.

Proposition CC would repeal the requirement to return to taxpayers revenue in excess of caps and instead allow the state to retain and spend such revenues.

We urge you to become informed on the issues.  While the full-blown repeal would not appear on the ballot until next year, the elimination of the refund requirement will be voted on this year.

TABOR is more than a requirement taxpayers be given the opportunity to vote on taxes and tax increases.  It directly holds governmental units responsible for policies and programs affecting revenues and expenses. Demand specifics from those wanting to alter TABOR.  What is underfunded?  What will additional revenues be spent on? Make sure those supporting TABOR can answer critics.

Please carefully consider all aspects of this issue. How government taxes and spends is not a bumper sticker.

 

Respectfully,

Reagan Club of Colorado

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The proposal, announced Wednesday by Gov. Jared Polis and Democratic state lawmakers, would set a uniform nicotine tax at 62 percent. That would lift the taxes on a package of cigarettes to $2.49 from 84 cents.

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Effort launched to repeal Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights; possible ballot issue before the Title Board

The Title Board is the first step in putting a citizen-initiated question before voters.

TABOR is a constitutional amendment that was passed by voters in 1992 that requires voter approval to increase taxes or take on new debt.  It also limits the growth of a portion of the state budget to a formula of population growth plus inflation. It has been a controversial topic since its inception, and it’s been debated in the courts numerous times.

Many Democrats say it is a threat to Colorado’s education, transportation and health care funding, while Republicans counter that it is what has allowed the Colorado economy to prosper, as well as allowing Colorado to more easily weather economic downturns than states that lack taxpayer protections such as TABOR.

Many attempts to repeal or tweak portions of the amendment have come before the Title Board. This is the first time, however, that anyone can recall where a full repeal of the amendment has been proposed.

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Get ready to be engaged and informed with The Reagan Club of Colorado’s 2019 speakers at our monthly meetings.  We meet on the second Thursday of month from 6:00pm-8:30pm at CB & Potts, 1257 W. 120th Avenue, Westminster, CO, 80234.  Admission is $5 for Reagan Club members and $10 for non-members.

Our 2019 annual dues are $30, $25 for 65+ years old seniors, $25 for elected officials, $15 for students under 21, and $55 for couples ($50 for senior couples).  You can pay your 2019 dues at the door or online at: http://www.reaganclubco.com/membership-dues/

Our January 10th speaker will be George Brauchler, the 18th Judicial District Attorney in Arapahoe County.

His highest profile case was prosecuting James Holmes, the 2012 Aurora theatre shooter who killed 12 people during the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”  A Colorado judge formally sentences Holmes to 12 life sentences, one life term for each person he killed, plus 3,318 years in prison for the attempted murders of those he wounded and for rigging his apartment with explosives. He is not eligible for parole.

George Brauchler ran for Colorado Attorney General but lost to Phil Weiser in November, 2018.  He will be discussing what happened during the election and where do we go from there.  You don’t want to miss our 2019 kick-off meeting and there will be time for Q&A.

Food and beverages are not included with your admission but available for purchase. CB & Potts Westminster’s menu can be viewed at  https://www.cbpotts.com/locations/westminster.php

  • 6:00pm Doors open, networking, food & drink orders
  • 6:30pm Pledge, Prayer, welcome, & announcements
  • 7:00pm Featured speaker followed by Q&A
  • 8:15-8:30pm Closing remarks

You can find out more up-to-date details at http://www.reaganclubco.com/  and on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ReaganClub

 

The Reagan Club meets on the second Thursday of every month at CB & Potts, 1257 W 120th Avenue, Westminster, CO, 80234 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. with doors open at 6:00 p.m. Enter via CB & Potts main entrance and head to the back meeting room. Food and beverages are available from CB & Potts. We feature different programs and speakers as we honor the 40th President. The Reagan Club of Colorado seeks to promote the Constitution, smaller government, lower taxes, personal freedom, helping candidates, and educating the public about one of our greatest presidents, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

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