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May 24, 2011

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Governor signs ag tax repeal,
costing state $3.7 million


Fiscal policy

Colorado News Agency: Hick inks rollback of last year's 'ag tax' 

Products ranging from pesticides to bull semen used in agriculture will cost a little less after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law today a measure restoring a tax exemption that had been taken off the books by legislation last year.

Also: Associated Press via Aurora Sentinel: Colorado ag product tax break signed into law 

Also: Durango Herald: Gov. Hickenlooper signs repeal of farm tax 


The Denver Post: Colorado GOP defends Taxpayer's Bill of Rights targeted in lawsuit 

"Colorado citizens deserve the right to vote on any tax increases they will be required to pay," said Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call. "The Taxpayer's Bill of Rights doesn't prevent tax increases, it simply requires politicians to first make their case to the voters as to why a state or local tax increase is necessary."

Also: Denver Daily News: Lawsuit seeks TABOR overturn  

Also: Associated Press via Aurora Sentinel: Colorado tax-and-spending limits come under fire 

Also: KCFR-radio: Plaintiffs: TABOR May Violate US Constitution   


Colorado Springs Gazette: City Council hears about inadequacy of public transportation system 

City funding for public transportation decreased from $11.9 million in 2008 to $3.1 million this year.



Family economic security

Pueblo Chieftain: Children suffer in recession 

The down economy has brought tough times to Colorado's kids. "The biggest issue we face statewide and in the nation is a bad economy," Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia said Monday. "We know that in times of recession, kids are affected," he said. "We see a whole variety of social issues in a recession such as substance abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse and all other challenges brought on by poverty."

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