Friday, May 26, 2006

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Fwd: Fw: Colorado Governor Owens Sets Record Straight on TEL

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Subject: Fw: Colorado Governor Owens Sets Record Straight on TEL
Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 10:56:24 -0500

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Subject: Colorado Governor Owens Sets Record Straight on TEL

Setting the Record Straight on Spending Limits

By Bill Owens, Governor of Colorado
May 10, 2006

As Ohioans debate government spending limits, some may be misled by those who claim Colorado's spending limit law was so bad that it has been repealed.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Our Tax Payer Bill of Rights (TABOR) is still in place and it still limits government growth to reasonable, prudent levels that allow our state's public and private sectors to be strong and productive.

And, I am amused by TEL opponents who say our TABOR was harmful' and caused headaches' for our citizens. Colorado is a prosperous, growing state. Ohio TEL opponents who suggest otherwise and then blame our spending limit are twice wrong.

Ohioans need only examine the ultimate opinion poll of where people choose to live and where businesses decide to create well-paying jobs. In the last five years Colorado has grown in population by 8.5%. We have replaced every job lost during the recession that hit our high-tech industries hard. Incomes in Colorado rank 8th nationally and are growing faster than the national average. We easily outpace Ohio in every one of these measures.

Our spending limit is a big reason for our success. If Ohio were to pass its own spending limit, its citizens could share in the same growth, prosperity and freedom we have in Colorado.

Added to the state Constitution by referendum in 1992, the spending limit helped keep the reins on Colorado's budget, primarily by using a formula based on population growth and inflation. If taxes provided surpluses above that budget, the money was returned to the taxpayers.

This has meant that our budget could grow, but only at a prudent pace. So when the recent recession hit, the resulting drop in tax revenue meant serious belt-tightening, but it did not lead to the deep cuts and tax increases seen in Ohio.

The recession did, however, uncover an unintended glitch in the law. As the economy recovered, the law didn't allow for the budget to return to earlier levels, even though the revenue was available. Any future budget growth had to be calculated by using the lowest point hit during the recession as the base.

That was too restrictive. Compare the budget to a reservoir. During a drought, the water recedes. Then, when the rain returns, you should be able to refill the lake. But instead, because of the glitch, the reservoir had to stay dry. In Colorado, our budget was being kept too low by the rules even though state revenue was increasing.

Ohio's TEL avoids this error.

Last November, Coloradoans fixed that glitch. The voters gave the state permission to retain all surplus revenues for five years, allowing the budget reservoir to return to pre-recession levels. The measure also allows for similar flexibility in the future if an economic downturn again drains the reservoir.

If you hear from TEL opponents that Colorado voters decimated their spending limit because it wasn't working, don't believe it. Our original taxpayer protections are still in place. The same formula for figuring the budget, a requirement that tax increases be voted on and, after the general fund is replenished, the return of tax surpluses to taxpayers remains intact.

Most important, those who crafted Ohio's TEL amendment learned from Colorado's difficulties and corrected the glitches that led to this fall's vote. Ohio's TEL is what Coloradoans got when they voted to fix our spending limit.

Some differences remain, but once you get past the minutiae, most people agree that placing appropriate limits on the growth of government spending makes sense. Why should government spending grow at a rate faster than the growth of the population and inflation in general?

In Colorado, the answer remains unchanged: it shouldn't. Those who want to see Ohio mirror Colorado's successes should agree as well, and support the TEL.

Bill Owens was elected Colorado's 40th governor in 1998 and is completing his second term in that office.

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Off The Record TV show

So, what happened is, the show I taped never got to the satellite, so it could not be broadcast. However, it is on their website, follow the links to Off The Record.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Off the Record

I am taping the show tomorrow morning, it is on Channel 56 in Detroit at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, check to website for other times and channels. Topic. of course, Stop Over Spending.


U. S. Census Bureau statistics on taxes, on the Drudge Report yesterday, April 12, show Michigan 7th among all states in total taxes, and 15th in per capita taxes.

Macom Daily Editorial

One of our supporters faxed me the April 6 Editorial from the Macomb Daily. The facts are fairly stated, though they come out against us, for now, "The future is too uncertain for us to support predetermined spennding caps."
But, it goes on to endorse the legislator pension elimination provision.
"Yet, if Michigan lawmakers can't solve some of the state's spending problems on their own, perhaps a push in the right direction would help.
Eliminating state-paid pensions for lawmakers is certainly a worthy part of the plan."

TV show Off the Record

I will be on the public television show, Off the Record, hosted by Tim Skubick, taping tomorrow morning. It is on at various times throughout the State, check the link for show times.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Our Maine Friends

To see how SOS is faring in Maine, click here

Friday, January 13, 2006

Initial Posting

Welcome to the blog dedicated to controlling the spending of our tax dollars. A special thanks to K.O'K for his efforts to make this happen. Now, let's get rolling! This blog is set up to accept input directly from EMails. To get the address, stay tuned. Thanks

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