Posted on February 21st, 2005 in Colorado Politics, General | No Comments »
The Joint Budget Committee of the Colorado General Assembly met this afternoon to discuss the merits of the report Priority Colorado, co-sponsored by the Independence Institute and the Reason Public Policy Institute, recommending efficiencies that could be achieved to save money spent by the Colorado state government. In the end, the committee largely dismissed its proposals.
The report burst onto the scene 10 days ago, throwing a wrench into the State Capitol’s prevailing paradigm that something either needed to be done to the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) or vital state programs would need to be cut in order to fix the state’s budget problems. Priority Colorado suggested a series of other possible reforms to balance the ledger.
This afternoon’s JBC meeting was guided by a representative of the budget committee staff, who published their own report in response to Priority Colorado. While the staff spokesperson asserted that the basic objectives embodied in the report were “desirable,” he said it fell short because of a series of misguided assumptions. Without an extensive knowledge of the ins-and-outs, my own opinion states that the staff “counter-report” and the committee’s acceptance of it was more exemplary of a “can’t-do” attitude. In other words, it’s easier for the legislative committee to avoid the suggested reforms because they require hard work and then come up with a few reasons to explain it away.
But ultimately, I lack the personal expertise to deconstruct the arguments presented. The best I can do is faithfully relay what I recorded to the best of my ability. And that’s what follows…