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Monday, November 07, 2005

Drowning in the BathTub with Norquist

TABOR is "the taxpayers bill of rights.' Among other things it says that a state CAN NOT spend more in the current year than they did last year. The problem is say a the state is in a recession and they cut spending to get through it. Let's say next year they are ok again and they bring in more money [even wth the SAME level of taxation]. TABOR says that they MUST give that money back to the taxpayers in a rebate check.

The State can not spend any more one year than the last [adjusted for inflation] on roads, schools, healthcare, or anything else. What has basically happened is ever since they passed TABOR, Colorado schools [especially their university system] have become some of the worse in the nation [behind even Mississippi I believe]. Not to mention health care and transportation infrastructure.

Well, now that citizens in Colorado have experienced the painful reality of the anti-tax republican nightmare they have voted to suspend TABOR.

On Nov. 1, Colorado voters spoke: No more TABOR.

Coloradans passed Referendum C, suspending TABOR (Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights). TABOR is a hodgepodge of “anti-tax” initiatives that have impaired Colorado’s ability to set priorities and respond to crises. Since TABOR’s passage in 1992, Colorado’s public services have severely suffered. A sampling:

The percentage of Coloradoans with no health insurance rose from 12.7 percent in 1992 to 15.6 percent in 2001.

K-12 education spending per student fell by more than $300 compared to the national average from 1992 to 2000.

In-state tuition at colleges and universities increased 21 percent over the last four years.

The progressive victory in Colorado unhinged its right-wing opponents. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax reform, attacked Referendum C supporter Gov. Bill Owens (R):

Young Republican children years from now will be scared in campground campfires by stories about Bill Owens - the tax-cutting Republican who magically turned into a tax-increase bad guy…and they will not be able to sleep all night.

Douglas Bruce, the author of the 1992 TABOR amendment, also responded maturely:

[Colorado voters] have to accept the consequences of voting themselves back into slavery.

Clearly, the right isn’t used to losing. But they had better get used to it.

from thinkprogress

I'm not sure I understand what TABOR is. Can you explain more fully.

I updated the post with more info on TABOR.
Ok, now I get it.

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