GOP Senators are wondering when “enough” will finally be enough for Democrats who continue to raise taxes on hard working Colorado families and small businesses.
“Democrats have a strong history of bleeding taxpayers and businesses for more money, while promising the extra revenue will be ‘enough’ to satiate their spending addiction,” said Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield. “However, we have seen that it is never enough.”
Democrat leaders browbeat a series of tax increase though the House last week. The measures were introduced in the Senate today and would raise taxes on Colorado families and businesses to the tune of $335 million.
“It’s like a bad case of déjà vu,’” Mitchell said. “Every day Colorado wakes up to the same thing over and over again: Democrats raising taxes.”
Last session, Gov. Bill Ritter and legislative Democrats passed $1 billion of tax increases, promising the extra revenue would be enough to balance the state’s budget. At the time, Republicans questioned what happened to the revenue from Referendum C, a 2005 statewide tax increase that pumped an estimated $3.6 billion into state coffers.
“This is government telling the public ‘do as I say, and not as I do,’” Mitchell said. “Everyone else has been tightening their belts, now it is time for government to do the same.”
The first four tax increases will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee tomorrow at 1:30pm.
-- Submitted to The Watch by Rachel Boxer, Senate Minority Press Secretary