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Colo. Sen. Kopp: We put a stop to the gimmicks

Posted by Kelly Maher on May 13th, 2011
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Having Republican control of the Colorado House and a newly-elected Democratic governor who ran with a pro-business message meant that the legislature balanced the budget without the accounting tricks of previous years.

Remember the “Dirty Dozen” “tax exemption eliminations” from last year? Didn’t happen this year, which was a win for taxpayers.

“This year also marked a significant change in the way we do the budget,” said state Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, in an end-of-session review. “Overall, there is, I suppose, the fair criticism that the overall top numbers didn’t change dramatically. But what did change dramatically, and what does signal a significant win for taxpayers and businesses in this state, is the fact that this year, as opposed to the last four years, the legislature quit relying on a seemingly never-ending bag of gimmicks, and fee increases - and tax increases disguised as fee increases - in order to pass the budget. We lived within our means this year.”

A bill to repeal the “Amazon Tax” died in the state Senate as time ran out, but as noted by The Pueblo Chieftan, GOP-backed “sales tax exemptions on agricultural products” and some software were reinstated.

  • Post by Kelly Maher on May 13th, 2011

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