Kudos to Dan Thurlow

Kudos to Dan Thurlow. This evening he hosted a Town Hall to discuss three things, TABOR, the Gallagher Amendment, and Severance taxes. He brought in a “think tank” (his words, not theirs) that specializes in analyzing and thinking about tax and fee data in the context of policies in Colorado. The presentation was excellent. Considering myself a policy wonk, even I learned a few things about Gallagher that I hadn’t previously known. I thought that one important point about severance taxes was ignored (surrounding states get way more revenue from the removal of minerals,) but nothing was sugar-coated or meant to convince people that TABOR, Gallagher, and Severance taxes are untouchable. Each policy has its unique sets of unintended consequences, and all need attention. The fact that a Republican is open to finding fixes, and is willing to stand up in a room filled with more Democrats than Republicans is pretty unique in politicians of either party these days. Thank you, Dan.

About Ckonola

Retired banker, community and economic developer. Born in Deadwood, but raised in Colorado.

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