Lawmakers continue to exploit Colorado Supreme Court ruling to raise taxes without a vote of the people
“No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.” — Mark Twain (1866)
As if they already hadn’t done enough to afflict agriculture, burden businesses, cripple consumers, and even dismay dogs by ramming through the “Dirty Dozen” tax increase bills at the start of the legislative session, some legislators apparently won’t be satisfied until they’ve squeezed every last nickel and dime out of your wallet.
An AP news item (picked up in the Denver Post online) notes that legislative leaders want to abolish ALL tax exemptions in Colorado:
House Democratic Leader Paul Weissmann says lawmakers didn’t go far enough when they voted this year to abolish nearly a dozen tax breaks on candy, soda, online sales and other items to balance the state budget.
Weissmann wants lawmakers to consider abolishing more than 100 remaining tax breaks on everything from food to plastics…
What, the “Dirty Dozen” tax increases weren’t enough, so now it’s the “Horrible Hundred?” (Actually, I only counted 66 statutory tax exemptions – although some statutes account for multiple items – so, minus the “Dirty Dozen”, perhaps it’s only the “Filthy Fifty.” Take the “New Tax Lottery” survey for yourself and see how many new taxes YOU might get to pay!)
Weissman and his cronies are apparently in a hurry to exploit the constitutional loophole created by the Colorado Supreme Court in last year’s notorious “Mill Levy Tax Freeze” ruling while they still have allies on the bench to aid and abet their unconstitutional shakedown of Colorado citizens – since, under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), a “tax policy change directly causing a net tax revenue gain to any district” (whether by directly increasing taxes, or by eliminating an exemption) must first be approved by a vote of the people.
Although your “life, liberty, and property” are only under an enhanced threat by the Legislature for less than five short months, they are endangered by the Colorado Supreme Court year-round. 2010 has seen numerous legislative assaults on your wallet – aided and abetted by several recent Colorado Supreme Court rulings – but it is also your last chance for 10 years to vote “NO” on the 4 ‘unjust justices’ of the Colorado Supreme Court’s Mullarkey Majority (Justices Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice, and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey) who need YOUR approval to continue taking away your constitutional rights: your right to vote on tax increases, your right to defend your home or business against government abuse of eminent domain, and your right to enjoy the benefits of the rule of law, instead of suffering rule by activist, agenda-driven “justices.” Please help to support the Clear The Bench Colorado movement to restore accountability to the judiciary and bring back balance to the bench with your comments (Sound Off!), your contributions, and your “NO” vote on retaining these unjust justices in November 2010!