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WhoSaidYouSaid: tracking “The Taxman” in Colorado

Posted by Kelly Maher on August 27th, 2011
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Coloradans will be voting on a $3 billion tax increase in November, pushed hard by state Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder. WhoSaidYouSaid been there from the beginning, recording and documenting the twists and turns of this misguided proposal.

See the highlight reel above on what Heath has said over the months, including….

“I’m happy to say, we’ve raised over $100,000 dollars in the first week.”

(Full post here.)

“I’ve recruited a lot of companies…They don’t ask you about taxes.”

(Full post here.)

“I think we’ll have clear sailing, with little or no opposition.”

(Full post here.)

We’re always on the hunt for revelatory moments, particularly threats to economic liberty. And Heath has brought the national debate of reckless spending vs. fiscal restraint home to Colorado in an off-election year. Raising sales and income tax rates in a down economy, as Heath proposes to do, should be a fool’s errand.

Yet, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office this week certified that Proposition 103 has enough signatures for the ballot. And the prior endorsement from the state’s powerhouse teachers union should sound a warning, particularly if money and muscle follow.

After all, as we noted, “political spending by the teachers unions in Colorado is funded by dues; which comes from paychecks provided by taxpayers; who are then asked to pay even more in taxes by Heath and his union backers. Get the picture?”

We’ve scrutinized Heath’s statement in May that this would be “the greatest grass-roots effort that this state has seen,” when by August, he acknowledged at a press conference that the majority of his petition gatherers were getting paid.

We broke the story on May 17 of school kids used as unwitting props for Heath’s press conference, later reported by The Denver Post.

We’ve questioned, as have others, whether this $3 billion wallet-thinning could somehow be appropriated for whatever use the General Assembly might see fit.

In short, we’ve kept a close watch on Sen. Heath and his efforts to gull the voters of Colorado into parting with $3 billion hard-earned dollars over the next five years. You can find the full archive here. More to come…

As an aside, we appreciate the remarks from state Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield, and Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, at the close of the video above.

“In a very short time, WhoSaidYouSaid has become Colorado’s indispensable news source,” said Mitchell.

“As the president of the Independence Institute and as a talk show host, I rely on it all the time,” said Caldara.

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  • Post by Kelly Maher on August 27th, 2011

5 Responses to “WhoSaidYouSaid: tracking “The Taxman” in Colorado”

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  2. [...] in Boulder…,” is reverberating in September, now that Proposition 103, the $3 billion tax hike, pushed by state Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, is on the Nov. 1 [...]

  3. [...] event in Grand Junction last weekend. We were eager to hear state Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, the main proponent of Proposition 103, a five-year, $3 billion tax increase, purportedly for education [...]

  4. [...] Heath - whom we’ve anointed “The Taxman” - may think that if people will vote for one tax hike, they’ll vote for them [...]

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