Colorado: Governor’s Transportation Funding Idea in Peril

Observers say Senate Republicans will not support Governor Hickenlooper’s proposal to make the Hospital Provider Fee (HPF) an enterprise fund so that the HPF doesn’t count against the TABOR cap. The GOP is trying to pander to its most conservative members, who oppose anything that they say sidesteps TABOR. This is unfortunate because the HPFContinue reading “Colorado: Governor’s Transportation Funding Idea in Peril”

State: Should Gallagher Be Changed?

Building a Better Colorado (BBC), a bi-partisan effort to address some of Colorado’s biggest challenges, has been going around the state gathering input on three main issues: the constitutional initiative process, TABOR and the State budget and the lack of participation in the primary process. After attending one of these meetings in Loveland, it isContinue reading “State: Should Gallagher Be Changed?”

Legislature Fails to Address Transportation Funding

SB-272 TRANS II, was introduced late in the session by Rep. Brian DelGrosso (Loveland). The bill was the result of lobbying from the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance and would have extended gas tax bonding – with no new taxes – to finance a specific list of projects, including North I-25. The bill passed the SenateContinue reading “Legislature Fails to Address Transportation Funding”

Supreme Court to Consider TABOR?

Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) could once again get national attention. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide the fate of a lawsuit against the 1992 voter-approved Constitutional amendment. The court’s decision will be watched because it could impact the ability of all states to govern as they choose. Plaintiffs in the anti-TABORContinue reading “Supreme Court to Consider TABOR?”

TABOR Refund Will Be Source of Debate

According to the latest economic forecast, it appears that Colorado will take in $200 million more in taxes this year than it’s allowed to keep under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR). Although $200 million is a lot of money that could be allocated to under-funded programs such as transportation, the consensus seems to beContinue reading “TABOR Refund Will Be Source of Debate”

Polling Dooms Transportation Sales Tax

MPACT64, the collaborative effort of the (Denver) Metro Mayors Caucus, Progressive 15, Action 22, and Club 20 will not push a .7 percent statewide sales tax question for the 2014 ballot. Early polling indicates there less support for the measure than there was for Amendment 66, the education measure that failed miserably at the pollsContinue reading “Polling Dooms Transportation Sales Tax”

2013 State Legislature Features Many New Faces

A record 34 new members were sworn into the House and Senate. Some 8 of these are transfers from the House to the Senate, but regardless there are a lot of new faces, names and players at the Capitol to get to know. Adding to this challenge will be a virtually new roster of membersContinue reading “2013 State Legislature Features Many New Faces”

Twin Peaks Mall Revitalization Takes Step Forward

The City Council approved a request by the owners of the Twin Peaks Mall to seek approval to create a metropolitan district. The creation of a metropolitan district will give NewMark Merrill the ability to issue bonds and levy additional taxes on the property to pay for improvements. The 58-acre district will include everything withinContinue reading “Twin Peaks Mall Revitalization Takes Step Forward”