As lawmakers struggle to balance the state budget, a wide spectrum of civic groups are quietly meeting to try to find long-term fiscal solutions - which could include ballot measures in 2011 that reform TABOR and the citizen-initiative process.
If you're a parent whose post-college graduate child has returned to sleeping at your home, you're not alone. And if you're a recent college graduate who has been out there beating the employment bushes and finding them beating you right back, you are also not alone.
A trio of initiative petitions being circulated in Colorado would slash at least $1 billion annually in state taxes, roll back property taxes statewide and dramatically limit government's ability to construct new buildings.
The three initiatives, besides having similar themes of limiting government, also share what appear to be common connections to former state Rep. Doug las Bruce, R-Colorado Springs, the father of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights in the state constitution.
Colorado has done little to pave the way for an economic recovery, leaders of two Denver-area think tanks agreed Wednesday at an economic forum in Colorado Springs that delved more into politics than economics.
Gov. Bill Ritter said last Thursday that he is working with groups outside the Capitol to craft a 2011 ballot initiative that would eliminate aspects of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights.
Speaking to members of the Colorado Alliance for Retired Americans -- an arm of the AFL-CIO union -- Ritter explained how Colorado's constitution makes it difficult for lawmakers to prevent severe budget cuts to departments such as human services and public safety.
Commentary in Post says declining revenues will harm Colorado
On Sunday, The Denver Post published a commentary by Wade Buchanan, Chris Watney of the Colorado Children's Campaign and Carol Hedges of the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute. We wanted to share it, in case you missed it.
DENVER – The head of the Colorado Legislature's Joint Budget Committee warned on Thursday that brutal budget cuts, new fees and higher taxes are on the table when state lawmakers consider ways to fix the state budget.
After spending a day and a half trying to absorb brain-numbing financial presentations, printed reports and Power Point slides, it was only fair that members of the state Fiscal Stability Commission got a little entertainment Thursday afternoon.