[REGIONAL NEWS] Colorado keeps controversial Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights

Proposition CC would have let the state keep any tax revenues above the state spending cap — money that the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights currently guarantees as refunds to taxpayers. The measure was rejected by Colorado voters.

By Alex Burness and Justin Wingerter | The Denver Post

Colorado voters have soundly rejected Proposition CC, dealing a blow to Democratic budget reform efforts and giving the state’s fiscal conservatives a significant victory.

“This is the definition of a team win,” said Michael Fields, executive director of Colorado Rising Action, which led opposition to Prop CC. “We were up against misleading ballot language and millions of dollars of out-of-state money pouring in against us, but thankfully our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights is preserved.”

There were 610,536 votes in favor of Proposition CC and 749,905 in opposition, an 11-percentage-point difference, as of Wednesday morning.

 “I didn’t want the state to hold my money,” said Kylen Partch of Lakewood after she voted against Prop CC on Tuesday. “It’s mine.”

The measure would have let the state keep any tax revenues above the state spending cap — money that the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights currently guarantees as refunds to taxpayers. Democrats said it wasn’t a tax increase; Republicans argued it effectively was.

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