Rich Jones, director of policy and research at the Bell, and Senior Policy Analyst Frank Waterous offered testimony today on three bills important to the Bell.
Jones testified on two bills that concern Colorado's most important legal document – our state constitution. One bill would ask voters to create a constitutional review commission, and the other would ask voters to reform the process by which citizens initiate constitutional amendments.
Conservative citizens are standing up against taxes with an arsenal of proposed 2010 ballot initiatives that would reduce government taxing and spending.
After reviewing the three proposals – Initiatives 10, 12 and 21 – it appears the intent of the initiatives are to generally lower taxes and limit government from spending and taxing, especially in the areas of vehicles, telecommunication, income, property and government borrowing.
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.