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State Rep. Ferrandino on raising taxes or cutting services

Posted by Kelly Maher on December 28th, 2010
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Our blog post Tuesday on why Colorado should fight for state’s rights against federal mandates keyed off a criticism in the Grand Junction Sentinel from state Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, on a GOP proposal to do “priority-based budgeting.”

Ferrandino is the longest-serving member on the powerful Joint Budget Committee and often quoted about the state’s finances and budget. Ferrandino is also a harsh critic of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), telling a Maine audience in 2009 that, “It caused huge problems. It continues to cause huge problems in Colorado.” He added…

“The main reason for TABOR is to shrink government. It’s not to keep taxes low. It’s not to create jobs. It’s to shrink government.”

Then there’s the video [above] we first posted in March, featuring state Sen. (now Denver mayoral candidate) Chris Romer, D-Denver, but which also included this comment from Ferrandino…

“”We really need a big fix. We need to go to the ballot and raise taxes. Otherwise, if we don’t do that, we have to cut services. One of the two. We have to have a choice. Cut services or raise revenue. And, getting rid of exemptions and credits, while helping this year, is not the long term solution.”

Keep that in mind as discussion swirls around a potential ballot measure - proposed by the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute - that would be a change in tax policy that may redistribute “ who pays the taxes as opposed to resulting in more tax revenues for the state….”

That sounds so much easier to swallow than “go to the ballot and raise taxes,” doesn’t it?

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  • Post by Kelly Maher on December 28th, 2010

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