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Fiscal_Policy_Center_logoThe residents of Colorado have been roiled by public arguments over the level of services provided by governments and the costs and means to provide them. Our citizens need clear analysis of the issue; ones that do not come from people that enjoy the increased of an ever larger government or from special interests, seeking greater largess from the taxpayer. The Fiscal Policy Center is tackling this problem. The purpose of the Fiscal Policy Center is to communicate the balance between taxation and liberty.health care issues.

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  • PERA’s low returns call for changes to the system

    PERA’s low returns call for changes to the system0

    by Joshua Sharf The leaders of Colorado’s Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) assure us that if we have patience, long-term investment returns of 7.5% will fully fund the program’s promises to retirees over the next forty years or so. But what if those returns fail to materialize? Moving PERA from the current defined benefit plan

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  • Two Decades of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR)

    Two Decades of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR)1

    Over two decades have passed since Colorado voters adopted The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights in 1992. TABOR allows government spending to grow each year at the rate of inflation-plus-population. Government can increase faster whenever voters consent. Likewise, tax rates can be increased whenever voters consent. This Issue Paper analyzes TABOR’s effect on state government spending and taxes by examining three decades: The 1983-92 pre-TABOR decade; the first decade of TABOR, 1993-2002; and the second decade, 2003-12. The final decade included the largest tax increase in Colorado history, enacted as Referendum C in 2005. Decade-2 was also marked by increasing efforts to evade TABOR by defining nearly 60% of the state budget as “exempt” from TABOR.

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  • A Tax Disguised as a Fee: The Hospital Provider Fee Fund

    A Tax Disguised as a Fee: The Hospital Provider Fee Fund2

    By calling the provider charge a fee rather than a tax, the legislature was able to collect and use the revenue from the provider charge without asking permission from the voters.

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