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Without Republican Support, Car Fee Hike One Too Many for Ritter March 5, 2008

Posted by bendegrow in Colorado Governor, Colorado Springs, Property tax increase, statewide.
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This morning the Denver Post reports that Gov. Bill Ritter is dropping the “hot potato” that would have hit all Colorado families with another $100 in vehicle registration fees. Of course, it’s important to note that it was Ritter who took the potato out of the oven after it had been thoroughly cooked by his blue ribbon commission.

Seems the governor was unable to get a single Republican in the legislature to sign on to “the bait and switch con game.” Kudos to the Republicans for showing some taxpayer-friendly backbone on this one. Meanwhile, the fact that Ritter is unwilling to push his fee hike forward without a Republican co-sponsor shows just how scared Democratic leaders are of being recognized as the party of tax increases.

It’s good to see another fiscally irresponsible proposal get shelved. Yet while the vehicle registration fee hot potato has rolled away for now, the property tax hike millstone is still slung securely around the shoulders of Ritter and his fellow Democrats in the state legislature.

Cross posted at Mount Virtus

Ritter Transportation Panel Calls for More Taxes January 7, 2008

Posted by bendegrow in Colorado Governor.
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Another panel commissioned by Gov. Bill Ritter, another set of recommended tax increases:

Governor Bill Ritter’s 32-member blue-ribbon panel is recommending a $100 average increase in vehicle registration fees as part of its $1.5 billion plan to pay for much-needed transportation infrastructure maintenance and improvements.The road funding proposals include:

  • Increase vehicle registration fees by $100 on average.
  • Raise gas tax by 13 cents a gallon.
  • Icrease [sic] the fee on hotel rooms and car rentals to $6 a day.
  • Increasing the state sales tax by 0.35 percent.
  • Increase severance tax by 1.7 percent.

This is starting to sound like a tired theme. I don’t know about your middle-class family, but all these proposals alone would take a significant chunk out of my household budget. Is this what Coloradans voted for when they elected Ritter to be governor in 2006?

Cross posted at Ritter Watch

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