After years of starving state government through the so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) the piper may finally get paid. It seems that a wave of ballot initiatives will ask Colorado voters next year to increase taxes to pay for government services and programs they feel are important. According to The Bell Policy Center, at last count there were 17 initiatives in the works that deal with raising revenue. The proposals include using fees on new construction to fund education and a new tax on junk food.
Currently Colorado ranks near the bottom for education and highway spending compared to states around the nation. Over the years since TABOR was enacted, many in Colorado have realized that taxes are necessary for government to function and have turned to the initiative process as a flawed, second best alternative to having a legislature that can make responsible tax and fiscal decisions.