Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Colorado Republicans alarmed by Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101

With Republican candidates thundering against government spending and the Tea Party’s popularity soaring in parts of the country, one might think that any proposal aimed at lowering taxes would be a safe bet for the Republican Party these days.

But in a state known for strict constitutional limits on taxation, even Colorado’s conservative Republicans are alarmed by three ballot measures that would — of all things — cut taxes.

The measures — which would lower property, income and sales taxes; limit government borrowing; and reduce vehicle registration fees — are widely seen as too extreme by Democrats and Republicans alike. With the November election approaching, they present a test case for a conflict that is playing out, perhaps in less drastic fashion, throughout the country: voters showing a strong inclination to diverge from the recommendations of their elected officials.    More-

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