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Welcome To Colorado, 26th In State And Local Tax Burden

Posted by on May 22 2013 | Economy, Politics, Taxes

You might think that a self-proclaimed “economic development expert” would have a solid grasp of the levels of taxation in Colorado. You might be wrong.

In a recent Denver Post guest opinion column making a case for a two-tiered state income-tax rate, former state representative and executive director of Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade Don Marostica makes the claim that Colorado ranks 45th in combined state and local taxation. Mr. Marostica did not cite any source for this claim. Here is the what he wrote:

For state taxes paid per $1,000 of income, Colorado ranks 48th. When state and local taxes are combined, Colorado is still near the bottom at 45th, below Texas and all our other neighboring states.

But according to the the meticulously sourced and cited 2012 Independence Institute study, “How Colorado’s Tax Burdens Rank Nationally,” Colorado is 26th in the nation for combined state and local tax burdens…hardly “near the bottom” in terms of paying taxes. From the study:

Colorado ranks 26th nationally, compared to all other states for the combined state and local tax burden, on a per capita basis.

You can read the study here.

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RE/MAX Founder, Sheriff Maketa on Devil’s Advocate Tonight

Posted by on May 10 2013 | guns, Idiot Box (TV Show)

Friday night means public affairs tv with the Independence Institute on Colorado Public Television 12. First at 8:00, catch research director Dave Kopel on the roundtable show Colorado Inside Out. Then stick around at 8:30 for Devil’s Advocate. First, RE/MAX co-founder Dave Liniger joins host Jon Caldara to discuss his new book, “My Next Step.” Then El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa sits down to discuss his opposition to Colorado’s new gun-owner control laws. That’s tonight starting at 8:00 on CPT12.

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Those budget ‘cuts’ are actually spending increases

Posted by on Apr 15 2013 | debt, Government Largess, PPC

At CompleteColorado.com’s new Page Two, Independence Institute senior fellow Barry Fagin warns against getting faked out by the Orwellian language trickery being used in the ongoing budget debate in Washington, DC:

We’ve all heard the typical media spin on the budget negotiations. The Democrats are proposing a “balanced” plan of spending cuts and tax increases, while the Republicans are being dogmatic and unreasonable. After all, who can argue with balance? It makes it seem like the alternative is falling over.
Let me state this as clearly as I can: A “spending cut” is when you spend less money than you did before. It’s not that hard to understand. Think about it: If your family has to cut spending, are you going to spend more, or less? It just couldn’t be any simpler.
Unless you’re in Washington. There, cutting spending means spending less than you were hoping to. That’s a very different thing. Think about it this way. If you get a 3 percent raise when you were expecting 5 percent, was that a pay cut? If your taxes go up 5 percent when you thought they would go up 10 percent, were your taxes cut? According to Democratic Party Newspeak, the answer is yes.

Enjoy the whole thing here.

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Education Wonk Fest Tonight on Devil’s Advocate

Posted by on Apr 12 2013 | education, Idiot Box (TV Show), PPC

Friday night means public affairs tv with the Independence Institute, so set your TiVO to wonk. First at 8:00, catch research director David Kopel on Colorado Inside Out. Then stay tuned for Devil’s Advocate at 8:30 as guest host Ben DeGrow is joined by Frederick Hess, director of education policy studies at American Enterprise Institute and Douglas County School District Superintendent Elizabeth Celania-Fagen to discuss the importance of strong leadership in bringing about effective education reform. The excitement starts tonight at 8:00 on Colorado Public Television 12. You can find your local CPT12 channel by zip code here.

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Stand with Colorado sheriffs and Independence Institute on gun rights

Posted by on Apr 09 2013 | guns, PPC, Second Amendment, Uncategorized

The Denver Post covers the lawsuit against Colorado’s new gun owner-control laws by Colorado sheriffs:

Thirty-seven of the state’s 62 elected sheriffs are prepared to sue to overturn laws that now prohibit the sale of ammunition magazines holding more than 15 rounds and require background checks for all private gun sales, Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said Tuesday.

The Post piece also mentions the Independence Institute’s role:

The lawsuit would be handled by lawyer Dave Kopel, research director of the Independence Institute, a conservative think-tank, and adjunct Professor of Advanced Constitutional Law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law…

Damn straight, the Independence Institute is both honored, and ready, to stand with the sheriffs to defend the civil liberties of Coloradans’ against the Bloomberg/White House orchestrated assault on the Second Amendment.

You can donate to the lawsuit here.

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A Question For Colorado State Senator Lucia Guzman

Posted by on Feb 27 2013 | guns, Politics, PPC

Dear Senator Guzman,

A recent piece in the Denver Post quotes you as supporting Colorado House Bill 1224, which recently passed out of the House of Representatives and which says, in part, that it is okay to manufacture magazines that hold more than 15 bullets in Colorado and sell them out of state, but not here in Colorado. In other words, a magazine that holds more then 15 bullets is bad (and soon to be criminal) when purchased and owned by a Coloradan, but okay when manufactured in Colorado but purchased and owned by someone outside the borders of our state. As one of your constituents, I am curious how you reconcile that glaring inconsistency to the point you are willing to see the bill made into law?

Regards,

Mike Krause
Constituent, Colorado Senate District 34

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Collective Bargaining For Firefighters And Taxi Cab Cartels On Devil’s Advocate Tonight

Posted by on Feb 22 2013 | Government Largess, Idiot Box (TV Show), Media, PPC, Proposed Legislation

Go ahead and give the role playing websites a rest tonight and instead enjoy public affairs tv with the Independence Institute on Colorado Public Television 12.  First at 8:00 catch research director David Kopel on the roundtable show Colorado Inside Out. Then at 8:30 on Devil’s Advocate, host Jon Caldara is first joined by Kevin Bommer from the Colorado Municipal League to discuss the league’s issues with a proposed state law forcing collective bargaining rights for firefighters on local taxpayers. Then Uber Denver general manager Will McCollum sits down to describe the Colorado Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) efforts to protect the Denver taxi cab cartel from competition. That’s all tonight starting at 8:00, and rebroadcast Monday at 12:30 PM.

You can find your local CPT12 channel by zip code here.

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Fox 31, Denver Post Reporters On Devil’s Advocate Tonight

Posted by on Feb 01 2013 | Idiot Box (TV Show), Politics, PPC

Friday night means public affairs with the Independence Institute on Colorado Public Television 12. First catch research director Dave Kopel at 8:00 on the round table show Colorado Inside Out. Then stay tuned for Devil’s Advocate at 8:30 as Independence Institute president Jon Caldara is joined by Fox 31 political reporter Eli Stokols and Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels to look at the new legislative session thus far, and what big issues are coming down the line. That’s tonight starting at 8:00 on CPT 12.

You can find your local CPT12 channel by zip code here.

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Mark Waller And “Commie Cowboys” On Devil’s Advocate This Week

Posted by on Jan 10 2013 | criminal justice, Idiot Box (TV Show), Popular Culture, PPC

Be sure and tune in to the Independence Institute’s public affairs television show Devil’s Advocate this week. First, Colorado House Minority Leader Mark Waller sits down with host Jon Caldara to talk about why it has been so hard to cut the Colorado corrections budget and close empty prisons, even as the prison population is steadily declining. Then local author Ryan McMaken comes by to discuss his new book “Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoise and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.” That’s this Friday night starting at 8:30 pm on Colorado public Television 12.

You can look up your local CPT12 channel by zip code here.

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Speaker Ferrandino And Constitutional Wonkery On Devil’s Advocate Tonight

Posted by on Jan 04 2013 | Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Idiot Box (TV Show), Politics, PPC, U.S. Constitution

Friday night means public affairs tv excellence with the Independence Institute on Colorado Public Television 12.

First, catch Independence Institute research director David Kopel on on the roundtable show, Colorado Inside Out at 8:00 PM. Then stay tuned for Devil’s Advocate at 8:30. First, incoming Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Mark Ferrandino sits down with Independence Institute president Jon Caldara about what to expect in the upcoming legislative session. Then Independence Institute constitutional scholar Rob Natelson comes by to explain how Congress ignored the constitutional requirement that spending bills originate in the House in the recent “fiscal cliff” deal, and why it matters.
That’s tonight starting at 8:00 on Colorado Public Television 12.

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