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  • Colorado Goes to the Supreme Court to Defend TABOR0

    • October 24, 2014

    Three years ago, a group of primarily government plaintiffs sued in federal district court to void Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR). TABOR allows the people, not just the legislature, to vote on most tax increases, most debt increases, and some spending hikes. The plaintiffs argued that the 20-year old state constitutional provision violated the

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  • The Court of Appeals' Anti-TABOR Decision0

    • March 17, 2014

    The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently refused to dismiss the suit by various public sector interests to invalidate Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). The plaintiffs claim that TABOR violates Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution. That provision is called the Guarantee Clause because it guarantees that the

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  • The Court of Appeals’ Anti-TABOR Decision0

    • March 17, 2014

    The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently refused to dismiss the suit by various public sector interests to invalidate Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). The plaintiffs claim that TABOR violates Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution. That provision is called the Guarantee Clause because it guarantees that the

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  • Independence Institute Moves to Protect TABOR in U.S. Court of Appeals0

    • March 5, 2013

    The Independence Institute is once again defending the Colorado Taxpayers Bill of Rights against attack. II has filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals, shooting holes in the plaintiffs’ claim that allowing the people to check the state legislature’s financial powers is somehow “unrepublican.” The national think

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  • New Issue Paper on the Interstate Threat of the anti-TABOR Lawsuit0

    • March 5, 2013

    As regular readers of this site know, a group of plaintiffs representing government interests has sued the State of Colorado, claiming that the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) in the state constitution violates the U.S. Constitution. Even though the claim is an exceptionally weak one, last year a federal district court allowed it to proceed.

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  • New II Issue Paper Rebuts Myth that Citizen Review of Laws and Taxes Violates the Republican Form0

    • October 26, 2012

    If you are exposed to enough politics, sooner or later you’ll hear the old saw that the U.S. is “a republic and not a democracy.” Along with that saying goes the following claim: Allowing voter initiatives and referenda is unconstitutional: If a state lets voters enact laws or veto tax hikes, the state is too

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