The Attack on Colorado’s TABOR and the Threat to Other States

January 9th, 2013 by admin Categories: Issue Papers, Publications, Revenue, TABOR, budget, constitution, initiative, petition process, spending, state, tax, taxes, taxpayer No Responses

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) has dire implications that extend far beyond the boundaries of Colorado. The theory of the lawsuit can be used to void well-founded safeguards in the constitutions of almost all other states.

In Independence Issue Paper 12-2012, Professor Rob Natelson, II’s Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence, debunked the lawsuit’s claim that TABOR violates the requirement that each state have a “republican form of government.” In this Issue Paper, Professor Natelson and Institute intern Zak Kessler demonstrate the practical implications of the lawsuit.

If the plaintiffs win, the result will be legal and practical chaos, not just in Colorado but across the country. This is because the theory of the lawsuit is that any fiscal restraints on a state legislature render that legislature less than “fully effective” and therefore “unrepublican.” Special interests can employ this theory to destroy well-founded and long-standing safeguards against legislative fiscal abuse. Furthermore, they can use the same theory to attack the voter initiative and referendum process, and other constitutional limits on the power of state politicians.

Obama’s State of the Union: You’re just part of his “blueprint”

February 1st, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, taxes No Responses

Obama has the same conceit that better economists have warned about for centuries. Describing the “man of system,” Adam Smith wrote: “He seems to imagine that he can arrange … members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges … pieces upon a chess-board.”

Boulder’s “Climate Action Plan”: inefficient, ineffective

January 19th, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications, energy, taxes No Responses

Directly reducing these threat from extreme temperature, coastal flooding, hurricanes, malaria, poverty, starvation, and water stress and promoting prosperity save more lives at lower cost than attempts involving emissions reductions.

Jared Polis on U.S. Postal Service: end its “monopolistic protections and special treatment”

December 15th, 2011 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications, fiscal, sustainable, tax, taxes, taxpayer No Responses

USPS, listen to what Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, wrote ten years ago. Ending “monopolistic protections and special treatment enjoyed by USPS” would “benefit … postal customers, postal employees, and businesses in the delivery sector. …

Prop. 103 supporters: You can still donate more of your own earnings to tax-funded schools

November 14th, 2011 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, education, taxes No Responses

Published in the Boulder Daily Camera: Don’t fret if you supported Prop. 103. You’re still free to donate more of your earnings to tax-funded schools. You just can’t force others to do so. But if you really care about quality education, you’d want to choose the school to support.

Paul Krugman’s space aliens won’t create jobs, repealing health control law will

September 12th, 2011 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications, health, taxes No Responses

Printed in the Boulder Daily Camera, summary: Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman says a massive defense buildup in response to “fake an alien threat” would end the economic slump. An EconStories rap explains the fallacy: “If every worker was staffed in the army and fleet, we’d have full employment and nothing to eat.” Repealing the 2010 health control act would spur employment.

Maintaining Boulder open space trails: user fees & sponsorships should replace taxes

June 22nd, 2011 by admin Categories: Opinion Editorials, state, tax, taxes, taxpayer No Responses

How Boulder County finances its trail maintenance is unjust. The county sales tax forces people to finance hiking trail maintenance, whether or not they use them. Meanwhile, people who don’t shop in Boulder County can use trails without paying. The County should strive to replace tax-funded trails with user fees and sponsorships.

Colorado Medicaid Reform: Federal Matching Funds Promote Waste

January 21st, 2011 by admin Categories: Opinion Editorials, health, taxes No Responses

by Brian Schwartz
The Colorado legislature should cut wasteful spending by Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus. When these programs spend a dollar from a Colorado taxpayer, the federal government gives them a dollar taken from a taxpayer in another state. Hence, Medicaid and the Child’s Health Plan program administrators are [...]

How Much Does Government Cost You?

September 17th, 2010 by admin Categories: Featured, Revenue, Updates, debt, deficit, earnings, federal, fiscal, government, income, local, state, taxes, waste No Responses

Thanks to our friends at the Independent Institute out in Oakland, California, regular folks like us can figure out just how much the government is costing us in direct payments and in lost earnings over our lifetime.  From the About Page on the MyGovCost website,
The Government Cost Calculator is a unique service from The Independent [...]

The Changing Role of Government, 1850 to 2011

August 27th, 2010 by jlongo Categories: Featured, government, limited, moral, reclaim, spending, taxes, tom ryan No Responses

A good friend of the Fiscal Policy Center and Free People, Free Markets alumni Tom Ryan has a wonderfully informative organization and website called Reclaiming Moral Government. Tom has created a slide show that displays the changing role of government from 1850 to present day.