Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR)

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Colorado wants a federal court to reconsider a ruling that revived a legal challenge to the state's tax-and-spending limits.

Attorney General Phil Weiser asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday to review its decision that said 10 local governments have a right to challenge a Colorado constitutional amendment known as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights or TABOR.

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Colorado's Supreme Court says proponents of a ballot initiative to eliminate constitutional limits on taxation and spending can proceed.

The court ruled 5-2 in an opinion released Monday that elections officials erred in rejecting the proposed 2020 ballot initiative.

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A House committee on Monday advanced a bill to ask Colorado voters if the state can retain excess tax revenue and a companion bill that would spend that revenue on roads and schools.

The House Finance Committee votes came after Democratic Speaker KC Becker argued the state should do all it can — especially at a time of sustained economic growth — to address Colorado's chronically underfunded transportation and education needs.

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Colorado's governor has asked the state Supreme Court to clarify how two constitutional amendments should jointly affect taxes.

The Denver Post reports that Gov. John Hickenlooper submitted three questions to the justices Tuesday about the Gallagher Amendment and the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights or TABOR.

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Two Republican and two Democratic lawmakers.

Another 96 legislators.

Nearly 175 lobbyists and lobbying firms.

More than 150 lobbying clients, including hospitals, local governments, school districts, unions, contractors and more.

That’s the intense involvement that went into last spring’s legislative grand bargain called “Sustainability of Rural Colorado.”

But one of the most heavily lobbied bills of the session ended up with a significant error that is costing Colorado entities hundreds of thousands of dollars a month.

Colorado Takes Notes To Solve Looming Teacher Shortage

Aug 2, 2017
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As teachers gear up for the new school year, state education officials have spent months trying to figure out how to close a growing teacher shortage. It’s estimated that 3,000 people are needed to fill open positions in Colorado. Legislation signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper directs the Colorado Department of Education to study how best to attract -- and then keep -- teachers in the profession.

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State lawmakers are leading an effort to change how the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) is calculated. The goal: Let Colorado keep more of the tax money it collects.

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Colorado lawmakers are required to pass a balanced state budget every legislative session, but that could prove challenging for the 2016 -2017 fiscal year. The governor’s office of state planning and budgeting submitted a budget proposal to lawmakers last fall. They’ve identified over $926 million in funding needs mandated by new constitutional and statutory demands on the general fund, which makes up the largest part of the budget. But the revenue doesn’t match up.

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State lawmakers are set to debate the annual budget, which funds everything from roads and schools, to health care and parks. In 2016, Colorado has a shortfall, so that means making budget cuts. So what are some of the major budget issues? We asked the reporters working the hallways of the capitol to find out.

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Colorado's four month legislative session is halfway over. As is normally the case, the only things lawmakers are required to do is pass a budget. Now that we're at the midpoint, attention can turn to the state's impending budget crunch and another hot topic: reclassifying the hospital provider fee under TABOR.

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