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People need to be the special interest

EDITORIAL

The fix is in on the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), which will be a big subject in the next state legislative session starting Jan. 12, for the second year in a row.As we’ve reported previously, taxpayers are being scammed by TABOR and a false sense of the refunds they should receive. More on this later.This year, expect to vote this November on a solution that will allow more dollars taxpayers will have already paid to go to such things as higher education, health care and roads.Why can we expect this? Because the Democrats gained control of both houses of the Legislature and Gov. Bill Owens is on board for meaningful change.At this point, it might be easy for rock-ribbed fiscal conservatives to rise out of their chairs and shout something like “the tax and spenders are at it again.”It would be a fair comment directed at the fact taxpayers might agree to give up some of their TABOR refunds.But as State Treasurer Mike Coffman, a Republican, has so often pointed out, the refunds are mostly a myth.That’s because the Legislature in years past has enacted 19 tax credits for special interests, to be paid from TABOR refunds.Coffman is armed with an analysis from the Legislative Council that says that within four years, 73 cents of every TABOR surplus dollar would go to targeted tax credits and not reach the average taxpayer.It’s one big scam.We ask, would you rather your tax dollars go to improve education, roads and health care, or would you rather see special interests take 73 cents of what should be your tax refunds?Coffman said he will propose legislation to require future refunds be broad-based. It sounds like a good idea, but details are lacking.The bottom line is the fix is in and we need to do something to put taxpayers and the services they need first before special interests.


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