Guest Columns

TOOL: SIMPLY PUT, HERE'S WHY!

It’s time to improve Colorado’s budgeting process

As the legislative debate continues on Senate Bill 228, it has occurred to me that there are three changes that the General Assembly should consider making to our budget process. The changes would be to increase the 6 percent General Fund limit to 7.5 percent (and not eliminate it, as Senate Bill 228 would do), move the state budget to a biennial budget, and institute zero-based budgeting. Simply put, here’s why!

LINKHART: MUNICIPALITIES RESPOND TO HARD TIMES

Cities and towns throughout Colorado maintain services with shrinking revenues

The economic recession has definitely arrived on Main Street. More than half of the respondents to a recent survey of Colorado’s cities and towns said that 2008 municipal revenue collections were “worse” or “much worse” than 2007 revenue collections. Another third reported revenue collections as flat in 2008. Looking ahead, 42 percent of the cities and towns expect a further reduction in revenue in 2009.

DUBOFSKY: TABOR revenue limit would still be in place

Time to modernize Colorado’s fiscal landscape

Colorado has one of the most complex fiscal systems in the entire country. We are not, in our current form, adequately suited to deal with ever-changing economic realities. The Colorado General Assembly is currently debating a bill, Senate Bill 228, which would repeal an outdated budget formula and untie the state’s hands to get us out of the recession more quickly.

MARKS: MEMORIES OF FONDER TIMES

Remembering yesterday in a new year

Memories are created, molded and made in different ways. Some are good, some are very bad, but they become a part of you. They are not meant to be forgotten, but only to be stored in the memory bank of your mind. When this new year of 2009 came into being a few weeks ago, memories of past years emerged.

HOLDEN: LOOK AT THE NUMBERS

TABOR protects Colorado’s taxpayers

Norman Duncan’s “lobbyist and current Democrat” point of view on the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and its attenuating effect on Colorado government and legislative process was insightful and revealing. (“Rule by TABOR flouts the founding fathers,” Colorado Statesman, Jan. 16, 2009)

JACKSON: AUTO MANUFACTURERS DEPEND ON DEALERSHIPS

Auto dealers a pillar of Colorado’s economy

Automobile dealers and automobile manufacturers have a symbiotic relationship. Put simply, neither could survive without the other.

JOHNSON: CENTER FOR PROGRESSIVE LEADERSHIP LAUNCHES FELLOWSHIP

Colorado builds fellowship program to train future progressive activists

Over the last 25 years, conservatives have successfully built a robust national training infrastructure for developing future leaders at every level of political involvement. The Center for Progressive Leadership is responding by actively working to fill a void in progressive leadership training by investing in the recruitment, training and building of future candidates and grassroots activists across the country and the state of Colorado. CPL’s goal is to build an infrastructure for developing the next generation of progressive leaders.

HILLMAN: THERE THEY GO AGAIN

Dems need to review TABOR for Dummies

There they go again. Faced with a budget that’s hemorrhaging dollars, it was only a matter of time before one of our spendthrift legislators made headlines by erroneously pointing the finger of blame at Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR).

DUNCAN: OUR CASTRATED GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Rule by TABOR flouts the founding fathers

As we begin another legislative session, a few observations are in order.

Colorado’s General Assembly is probably the most poorly equipped of any Legislature in the country to deal with the current national economic mess as it affects our state.

CONARROE: SINGLETON ADDS A NOTCH TO HIS BELT

Dean Singleton wins the day, for now

By Percy Conarroe

After six years, the Joint Operating Agreement between the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, designed to save the latter, is grinding down, a financial failure. News owner Scripps wants out, even if it means shuttering the News