Urging legislators to protect and comply with the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights
Dustin Zvonek, State Director of Americans for Prosperity Colorado, released the following statement today in conjunction with the start of the annual budget debate at the Colorado Legislature:
“While it might be a long-shot to expect much spending restraint from the majority this budget cycle, given the legislative realities of one party rule, we’re urging fiscally-responsible legislators to pull back as hard as possible on the reins they have available, and to redouble their efforts to protect and comply with the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. The recent upswing in unexpected revenue, though welcome, shouldn’t be an excuse to go on irresponsible spending sprees or to find creative new ways to circumvent the letter or spirit of TABOR. This state has huge unfunded liabilities, starting with its government employee pension program, and remains a long way from being out of the woods, fiscally-speaking.
One way lawmakers can show solidarity with taxpayers is to return the $26 million in excess funds state agencies have been hoarding, in violation of TABOR, by lowering the fees folks pay for certain services. There’s no excuse not to make these adjustments as part of the budget process, especially since the state can’t credibly cry “poor” at this point. Taxpayers ought to be watchful to ensure TABOR is strictly complied with, in this and all other cases. Our AFP-CO members certainly will be watching.”
For further information or an interview, please contact Dustin Zvonek at DZvonek@afphq.org or 720.219.1451.