Denver Distrist Court Judge Christina Habas did what every Democratic state legislator, one lonely Republican legislator (Al White, if memory serves), State Treasurer Cara Kennedy, and Governor Bill Ritter refused to do. She upheld her oath to protect the Colorado Constitution. She declared what we already knew, SB-199, the governor’s mil levy freeze which was going to funnel $4 billion into the state’s general fund over a decade, is unconstitutional.
I couldn’t be more proud of the Independence Institute for taking on this battle. Like so many other battles – if not the Independence Institute, then who?
As much as I personally plan to take credit for our courtroom legal strategy in order to guilt people into buying me drinks, the legal wisdom of our lead attorney Richard Westfall and his partner Alan Hale proved to be superb.
It is a shame that we needed to spend the time and expense of the last year putting together a lawsuit to show politicians that the Constitution means what it says.
I have much more to say about this incredible victory for common sense, but I have to run to the state party convention. So check back here soon.