Wednesday, 250 people attended the committee hearing, 30 were government and non-profit lobbyists funded by taxes, the other 220 were taxpaying citizens opposed to the tax increases. It didn't make one bit of difference to the democrat committee members who all approved the unconstitutional measures (the Dems argue that because they are lifting an "exemption", these are not "new" taxes subject to a vote by the people - as TABOR requires), while all the republicans opposed the bills. This November consider that just one Libertarian sitting on the committee (as a tie breaker) would have made the difference!
Political backlash will be the only bright spot as people realize they'll now pay sales tax on paper bags at the grocery store, higher food prices from additional burden on farmers and ranchers who pass the cost on to food consumers, plus many other ways to reach into taxpayer's pocketbooks. This November, support the Libertarian candidate(s) on your ballot!Another upcoming bill, where we can really make a difference is:
HB 1107 restricts blighting some agricultural land. Urban renewal / blighting is often a component in eminent domain, leading to tax increment financing, where sales & property taxes end up in a developer's pocket instead of a fire dept., police dept. or school, then those governments come to us crying for tax increases, which they usually get.
In Lakewood, the city blighted a corner and handed it to Wal-Mart who keeps 2 million a year in sales and property taxes. How can a government blight vacant land? Happens all the time.
Chair - Rep. Randy Fischer 303-866-2917
Vice-Chair - Rep. Sal Pace 303-866-2968
Rep. Randy Baumgardner 303-866-2949
Rep. Kathleen Curry 303-866-2945
Rep. Cory Gardner 303-866-2906
Rep. Dickie Hullinghorst 303-866-2915
Rep. Marsha Looper 303-866-2946
Rep. Wes McKinley 303-866-2398
Rep. Su Ryden 303-866-2942
Rep. Judy Solano 303-866-2918
Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg 303-866-3706
Rep. Scott Tipton 303-866-2955
Rep. Edward Vigil 303-866-2916