After two grueling days of testimony by citizens, business owners, workers, and lobbyists before the Senate Finance Committee (which, to its credit, conducted the hearings and heard testimony in a consistently civil manner, in marked contrast to the House Finance Committee), the remaining “Dirty Dozen” tax increase bills (including the much-derided “Candy Tax” bill and the “Doggy Bag Tax” bill) were all moved forward on a party-line vote concluding after midnight Thursday.
Clear The Bench Colorado Director Matt Arnold testified in opposition to these bills on constitutional grounds – since it is clear that each bill represents “a tax policy change… resulting in a net revenue gain” and therefore, under the Colorado Constitution, requires prior approval by a vote of the people.
The highlight of Wednesday’s testimony – as remarked upon by the Denver-area alternative weekly Westword – was undoubtedly the testimony offered (in absentia) by the Clear The Bench Colorado celebrity spokesdog, Nola:
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