Coalition begins campaign to pass ballot initiative giving Colorado voters a say on fee hikes

Coalition begins campaign to pass ballot initiative giving Colorado voters a say on fee hikes

May 19, 2020

(The Center Square) – A coalition of conservative and libertarian groups announced a joint petition drive for a ballot initiative to allow voters to approve state fee hikes.

The coalitions said it began collecting signatures on Monday for Initiative #295, also called the “Voter Approval of Fees” initiative.

“Coloradans are tired of state legislators evading TABOR and growing the budget through large fees and enterprises, and it’s time we bring this issue to the ballot box,” Colorado Rising State Action Executive Director Michael Fields said in a press release. Colorado Rising State Action is joined with the Denver-based Independence Institute, Americans for Prosperity, and Unite for Colorado.

Taxpayer watchdog groups have long warned that state fees have been used as a work-around for the state’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), which mandates voter approval for all new taxes and tax hikes.

If the initiative makes it to the ballot, voters will be allowed to have a voice in deciding future increases to state fees….

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