U.S. Supreme Court sends TABOR case to appeals court

U.S. Supreme Court sends TABOR case to appeals court

DENVER—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court sent Kerr v. Hickenlooper, a case that attacks the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Taxpayers rights are being attacked. If we lost TABOR we would see unlimited taxation. The fact that politicians and special interests groups want to strip us of our rights should put everyone in red alert mode,” said Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood. “Coloradans have every right to a voice in tax policy, and we cannot afford to lose that right.”

In 1992, Coloradans voted to amend the state constitution to impose restraints on the state government’s power to tax and spend. TABOR has since then given Coloradans the final say on new or increased taxes and spending.

TABOR prevents the ability of special interest groups to pressure politicians into raising taxes or spending levels. Opponents of the constitutional amendment dislike the idea citizens have the ultimate say on taxes and spending.

“If we didn’t have TABOR, we would have no say in the issue of ColoradoCare, a proposal to triple our taxes and make us the highest taxed state in the nation. TABOR serves as a vaccine against dangerous tax hikes like this that threaten Colorado families,” concluded Lockwood.

ColoradoCare would be financed by taxes on Coloradans’ incomes, including a Health Care Premium Tax on payroll and non-payroll income collected by the Department of Revenue.

The proposal asks for the revenues from the initiative be exempt from the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Meaning, board members, which would initially be appointed, could vote on any future Health Care Premium Tax increases, bypassing the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.