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March 23, 2011 05:37 PM UTC

Arveschoug-Bird Redux, Anyone?

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  • by: Colorado Pols

UPDATE: A full calendar for the House Finance Committee has reportedly bumped this bill to adjournment tomorrow. So that’s a little longer heads-up for you.

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It hasn’t gotten much attention, but a bill to reinstate a version of the dreaded Arveschoug-Bird appropriations limits, House Bill 1280, is set for debate today in the GOP-controlled House Finance Committee. It will likely pass there after some acrimonious debate, and the real battle is likely to take place on the House floor. Should it pass there it will be DOA in the Democratic majority Senate, of course, so the net value for proponents is theatrics in the House.

It’s important to note that the limits wouldn’t matter until revenues recover enough to trigger them anyway–but that was the case when it was repealed in 2009, too. The repeal of Arveschoug-Bird was intended to restore some ability for the legislature to operate, just one Colorado’s vast number of interlocking restrictions and mandates essentially meant to prevent the General Assembly from doing its job each year. Nothing about that has really changed, it’s just something Republicans are going to grouse about on the record because they can.

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3 thoughts on “Arveschoug-Bird Redux, Anyone?

  1. There was nothing wrong with prescribing limits and formulas to allocate scarce revenue. Arveschoug-Bird was good policy that directed legislators to focus on priorities, and repealing it was not responsible.

    1. I mean, you really believe that the government should be unable to even keep pace with the economic conditions of the day?

      This attitude is one of the main reasons why sane people are running away from today’s Republican party – you’re hellbent on crippling government, not running it efficiently.

    2. If you’re going to lock everything on automatic pilot. I myself believe in representative democracy and want the legislature to balance out spending each year in the manner that is in the best interests of the state.

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