Don’t Ask the State to Confiscate Water Rights

June 15th, 2012 by admin Categories: Issue Papers, Publications, colorado, property rights, water One Response

In next November’s election, voters may be asked to destroy Colorado’s 160-year-old system of water rights. A pair of ballot proposals, for which signatures are currently being collected, would essentially confiscate the water rights of cities, water districts, farmers, and ranchers by making them subordinate to the whims of any Colorado citizen who complains to a court about their legal status.

Federal Pay Freeze Should Precede a Larger Fiscal Conversation

December 16th, 2010 by admin Categories: Barry Fagin, Opinion Editorials, colorado, colorado springs, employee, federal, freeze, gazette, obama, pay No Responses

by Barry Fagin
As a long-time, hard-working federal employee who gives up a lot to work where he does, I have just one thing to say about the proposed federal employee pay freeze. I think it’s a terrific idea.
Well, maybe not exactly terrific, particularly if you think about how little difference it would actually make. But [...]

The Citizens’ Budget

November 23rd, 2010 by jlongo Categories: Featured, Updates, budget, citizens, colorado, fiscal, government, policy, shortfall, sustainable No Responses

The report provides an overview of the structure, timing and size of the State budget. We speak to how the problems originated and how things have gone wrong in recent years. The Citizens’ Budget includes legislative, constitutional, and policy recommendations to close the looming state budget gap – without raising taxes – and move Colorado [...]

Why Colorado Should Shift to a Defined Contribution Retiree Health Plan

September 28th, 2010 by admin Categories: Opinion Editorials, PERA, colorado, health, liability, plan, retirement, tax, taxpayer, unfunded No Responses

By Barry W. Poulson, Ph.D.
Colorado taxpayers are on the hook for more than $1 billion in unfunded liabilities incurred in the defined benefit retiree health plan administered by the Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA). An additional $79 million in unfunded liabilities was incurred in 2008, reflecting both a rapid growth in retiree benefits and losses [...]