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  • A Response to the Independence Institute’s Attack on "The Real Story Behind TABOR” Video
    Karen Lyons
    October 23, 2006

    In September of 2006, the Independence Institute, a conservative think tank from Colorado, issued a paper entitled, “In TABOR Benefits Colorado’s Citizens: A response to misleading video.” This paper criticizes a video released by CBPP in November 2005 (“The Real Story Behind TABOR”: quicktime | windows media) that details …
  • Double Jeopardy for Local Services Under TABOR
    Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
    Revised October 5, 2006

    Proponents of Maine’s TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) — a ballot initiative that would place strict spending limits on state and local governments — have been marketing this proposal as a property tax relief package.[1] This is false advertising: TABOR would not create a sustainable reduction in property taxes. …
  • Fact Sheet: Criticisms of Maine TABOR Paper Inaccurate
    October 4, 2006

    On October 3, the Maine Heritage Policy Center issued a press release calling “Double Jeopardy for Local Services Under TABOR,” a recent CBPP analysis of Maine’s TABOR proposal, “inaccurate and flawed.”  Unfortunately, Heritage provided inaccurate and misleading …
  • Press Release: Maine’s Proposed “TABOR” Likely to Cause Property Tax Increases
    October 3, 2006

    Maine’s property taxes would not necessarily be lower — and are more likely to increase — if voters adopt the proposed Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) that is on the ballot in Maine this November, according to a new report, “Double Jeopardy For Local Services Under Tabor,” released today by the Maine Center for …
  • SOS (TABOR) Will Not Jumpstart Michigan's Economy
    Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
    July 18, 2006

    Michigan’s economy is in dire straits. Between 2000 and 2005, Michigan’s six percent decline in employment was the lowest employment growth in the nation and its personal income growth was second lowest among the states. Proponents of the Stop Overspending (SOS) initiative — a constitutional amendment modeled after Colorado’s …
  • A State of Decline
    Karen Lyons
    July 14, 2006

    If the proposed Tax and Spending Control (TASC) initiative— a constitutional amendment to limit expenditures similar to Colorado’s TABOR —had been effective since the 1991-93 biennium in Nevada, state services would have deteriorated substantially in the ensuing 15 years.[1] By limiting state spending growth to a …
  • A "Super" Bad Idea: Requiring a Two-thirds Legislative Supermajority to Raise Taxes Protects Special Interest Tax Breaks and Gives Budget Veto Power to a Small Minority of Legislators
    Nicholas Johnson
    April 25, 2006

    Enactment of state legislation normally requires approval by a majority vote in each house of the legislature plus the governor’s signature. Anti-tax activists in Kansas, however, are proposing to require a two-thirds supermajority vote of each house of the state legislature plus the governor’s signature in order to …
  • A Taxpayer Bill of Rights by Any Other Name
    Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
    April 21, 2006

    A proposed ballot initiative in Montana to limitstate spending — “Stop OverSpending” or SOS — is similar in its basic structureand effect to Colorado’s TABOR. Montana’s SOS proposal includes all threefactors that make Colorado’s TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) the most severestate budget …
  • Press Release: Economic Claims for TABOR Not Supported By Colorado’s Experience
    March 23, 2006

    Nearly a dozen states this year are considering a “taxpayer’s bill of rights” (TABOR) modeled on Colorado’s severe limit on state taxes and expenditures.  TABOR proponents are claiming that Colorado’s strong economic performance during the 1990s demonstrates its economic benefits.  However, a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy …
  • Education and Investment, Not TABOR, Fueled Colorado's Economic Growth in 1990s
    March 23, 2006

    Proponents of Colorado’s “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” (TABOR), the 1992 constitutional amendment that imposed the nation’s strictest limit on taxes and public expenditures, have argued that TABOR is largely responsible for Colorado’s strong economic performance during the 1990s.  Few scholars of Colorado’s economy, however, believe this causal relationship exists.  The skepticism about TABOR’s role results in part …
  • A Faulty Fix: Repairing the "Ratchet" Will Not Repair TABOR
    March 21, 2006

    Coloradoans recently voted to suspend the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), the nation’s most restrictive limit on state taxes and expenditures, because it has caused a sharp deterioration in services ranging from education to public health to transportation. Those pushing for the adoption of TABOR-style measures in …
  • The Same Old TABOR: Maine's "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" Proposal Fails To Fix Flaws of Colorado's TABOR
    Iris J. Lav and Karen Lyons
    March 16, 2006

    A ballot initiative proposal in Maine — “An Act to Create a Taxpayer Bill of Rights” — would impose tight limits on state expenditures that would shrink available public services such as education and health care in the same way that Colorado’s TABOR has led to a deterioration in that state.[1] …
  • Video: The Real Story Behind TABOR
    March 2, 2006

    This video discusses the impact of the "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" on Colorado and provides lessons for other states that may be considering similar limits on state taxes and spending.
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