“Supporting gives CCAT a little edge to later say ‘hey some of that rural transportation funding needs to be spent in our areas – not just the eastern plains.”
RTD faces big cuts following Senate Bill 267 drafting error; special districts to lose millions in revenue
“It’s a good reason why tax increases and debt measures like this should go to the voters where they get vetted in public,” Menten said.
The only way to interpret TABOR is that the limit must be lowered by the amount the program costs taxpayers.
The “grand compromise” of SB 267 is the largest “grand betrayal” from Republicans I have ever witnessed in my more than 25 years in Colorado politics.
“We said without raising taxes because that’s what’s in the measure. It is up to the legislature to decide how to fund this. Maybe it’s through budget cuts, maybe it’s through innovation, maybe it’s through reprioritization.” — Jon Caldara, President of the Independence Institute.
“Our constitution is pretty clear,” Rep. Tim Leonard (R-Jefferson) said. “We need to be a single-subject bill. I would suggest we are creating a dangerous precedent here that incorporates so many things to make so many people happy.”
The original 57-page version — that some argue is far from a single-subject bill — is now 76 pages and includes 72 pages of strike below text. In other words, “Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado” is the only thing that remains from the original version.
PERA begins its Listening Tour around the state this May and June. Members and non-members alike should be prepared to ask PERA’s board some tough questions about their credibility.
“It’s not just a bad bill. It’s a constitutionally bad bill.” Kevin Lundberg on SB17-267
“It’s our job; it’s what we’re supposed to do. There’s money there to be found. The state of Colorado has to have some skin in the game. We have to have some money come from the general fund.” Sen. John Cooke, (R-Greeley).