Liberty alert from Justin Longo
We Colorado taxpayers are lucky enough to live and pay taxes under the auspices of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). We've been able to hang our hats on one simple fact: in order for us to be taxed more, our government officials must do what our mothers always told us to do - ask first! However, the simple ask first formula is not easy for politicians to abide by. They have every incentive to come up with ways to bypass us, and instead of asking before they raise our taxes, they do the next best thing: raise our fees. If you've registered your car lately, you'll have noticed the increase fees.
Thankfully, there are some good resources out there to combat the fee-happy politicians. Colorado Tax Reform is working to reign in our state taxes and fees, but they need your help! Another ballot measure that focuses on limiting property taxes specifically is also looking for help. Please take a look at those websites and see what you can do to help your bottom line!
Another area of concern is our growing state debt. How come it's not okay to live on credit cards and bank loans in our personal lives, but somehow that type of fiscal responsibility vanishes when it comes to our government(s)? By the way, it is nigh impossible to even come up with a total state and local debt figure. There are a million and one forms of debt out there taken on by our thousands of governments. (Total active local Colorado governments amount to well over 3,000 now). Help limit Colorado debt by visiting this website! Your children and grandchildren will thank you!
Despite your possible preconceived notions about the Libertarian Party and our geekiness (it's probably true), we are cool enough to be on Twitter. If you've got Twitter, come follow me @LPCOLegislative.
That's all for now. Thanks for listening, and don't forget to check on my Tweets!
Legislative Director, Libertarian Party of Colorado
"Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism." -Mises