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A Tax Bill Ritter Doesn’t Like? December 11, 2007

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Colorado Confidential published a fluff piece on Rep. Kathleen Curry that contained the following:

“If I propose a severance tax hike and the measure gets on the ballot,” Curry said with a laugh. “I’ve been told the energy industry has set aside a $50 million advertising budget to fight it. I’ll admit the industry watches me pretty closely.”

Curry said Gov. Bill Ritter also has asked her to hold off on such a proposal, “but that’s about all I hear from my district,” she said. During one day, she counted two live interviews and four media calls, all about severance tax.

“I’m getting a lot of resistance on all levels to not forward a bill to increase the severance tax rate,” Curry said, shrugging, “but I have an obligation to my constituents.”

We would guess that he likes the tax increase but he wants to hold it off as an easy tax to pass compared to the inevitable taxes that his “blue ribbon” special interest panels will propose.¬† You know, a billion here, two there, and before long the state budget is doubled and businesses are¬†leaving the state for a friendlier climate.

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