COLORADO UNION OF TAXPAYERS RATES
THE 2013 LEGISLATURE
The late economist Howard Kershner once observed: "When a self-governing people confer upon their government the power to take from some and give to others, the process will not stop until the last bone of the last taxpayer is picked bare."
This destructive “process” has seen a great deal of use at the Colorado General Assembly during the last legislative session.
Here are some of its legislative “accomplishments”:
-Imposed an unconstitutional tax on citizens who exercise their Second Amendment rights;
-imposed irrational “green” regulations on rural utilities - which will result in much higher rates for consumers;
-increased taxes on groceries;
-expanded Obamacare in the state – which is a huge new tax in and of itself;
-passed more regulations to harm small businesses;
-and encouraged frivolous antibusiness
It is obvious, with the exception of a handful of Republicans, no political party at the Colorado General Assembly represents the interests of the middle class – single most productive segment of our society. No one seems to understand free markets cannot work if government constantly gets in the way.
All of these legislative “accomplishments” plus the record high level of spending were forced upon the state despite the fact that Colorado and the nation in general are in the midst of the worst economic depression since the 1920’s. In order to spur the economic growth, increase prosperity, and lower unemployment, Colorado needs lower taxes and fewer regulations. One only needs look at the numbers of US Bureau of Labor Statistics to see the catastrophic economic situation that our state is facing compared to the states that surround us.
As of May 2013 the rate of unemployment in Utah, our western neighbor, was 4.6%. Wyoming, north of us, 4.6%. Kansas, to the east, 5.5%. Our southern neighbor, New Mexico had 6.7% unemployment. Oklahoma, to the southeast, 4.9% and northeast from us, Nebraska had 3.7% rate of unemployment. Here in Colorado the unemployment rate was 7.6% - the highest among all of the states in our area! In light of these facts, we can honestly say that here in Colorado we have the worst legislature that money can buy.
We hope we are wrong, but anticipate the need for CUT to advocate for the rights of families and individuals to keep their hard earned dollars will be more urgent than ever.
Our goal is to remind the Legislators, we, the taxpayers, are well able to make our own decisions on how we spend our own money. The job of the Colorado Assemby is to enforce our freedoms to establish contracts between one-another and not to simply redistribute our earnings as they see fit.