More pain to come |

More pain to come

The do-nothings in state government won. Voters won’t have a chance to vote their best interests and ease the Constitutional tension between the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR) and Amendment 23.TABOR limits the rate that state government revenues can grow while Amendment 23 forces increased spending on kindergarten-to-12 education. The two forces squeeze out other priorities.The public should brace itself for more state budget cutbacks next year that will mean, among other things, higher college tuition rates and fewer dollars for road construction – such as the four-laning of Highway 9 between Frisco and Breckenridge.Gov. Bill Owens, who some think is a good GOP presidential candidate for 2008, failed to take the lead on his state budget crisis. It would have taken his leadership to unlock the Legislature.The thing about TABOR relief is that taxes would not go up. It is true that were there to be relief, taxpayers would not get some amount of refunds. But as the state treasurer has pointed out, special interest groups will be gobbling up potential refunds through tax credits the Legislature have given them.What a sham, what a scam.

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