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Ballot initiative to eliminate Colorado TABOR law can proceed

Posted: 9:35 AM, Jun 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-26 23:36:59-04
Colorado Supreme Court

DENVER – The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday that a group wanting to eliminate Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) can proceed with a proposed ballot initiative in 2020.

The state’s high court ruled in a 5-2 opinion that the state Title Board should not have rejected the proposed initiative from the Colorado Fiscal Institute, saying that the proposed ballot question did indeed constitute one single subject – a requirement of ballot initiatives under the state Constitution.

Many have argued that the 1992 TABOR law, which was passed by Colorado voters as a constitutional amendment, contained too many moving parts to be repealed all at once after state voters passed a single-subject rule. The amendment requires tax increases, the issuance of bonds and increases in spending to go to statewide voters. The back-and-forth over the positive and negatives of the law have been hashed out for years without concrete conclusions.

But the majority’s opinion , delivered by Justice Richard L. Gabriel, concluded that the proposed initiative, Initiative #3 , indeed constituted a single subject.

On this weekend's Politics Unplugged , Denver7's Anne Trujillo sits down with Michael Fields of Colorado Rising Action and Scott Wasserman of the Bell Policy Center to discuss the pros and cons of a repeal.

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