Legal memo complicates Hickenlooper’s hospital provider fee effort

Jan 8, 2016 by AFP

Did you see the headline? For months, Governor Hickenlooper has been scheming, conspiring and searching for ways to undermine the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights by creating a special exemption for the Hospital Provider Fee.

The move would open the door to a massive tax increase without the constitutionally required vote of the people. But with a $27 million budget, it’s clear that the government doesn’t need more money, it needs to change its priorities. Preventing a backdoor dismantling of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights is one of our top priorities for the new year, so when we got word that Governor Hickenlooper was working to undo it, we took action.

We circulated a simple pledge to lawmakers asking them to promise their constituents that “I will not vote to undermine the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights by creating a special exemption for the Hospital Provider Fee.”

Then, thanks to the hard work of Senate President Bill Cadman, the legislature’s legal counsel determined and circulated a memo declaring that any change to exempt the hospital provider fee from the Taxpayer Bill of Rights would be illegal. It’s a huge victory and none of it could have been possible without the support of our activists like you.

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