Liberal Denver Post columnist Susan Greene expresses her frustrations with the Democratically-led state legislature:
After citing budget reform as a top priority, House Speaker Andrew Romanoff has tabled the issue without even a vote in committee. Better to let voters decide than force lawmakers to get their hands dirty, especially in an election year.
After working to raise severance taxes on oil and gas drilling, the legislature has dropped the effort without explanation.
After a blue-ribbon panel met for eight months on transportation funding, lawmakers passed none of its major recommendations.
And after promising voting reform before November’s election, they rubber-stamped a bill to recertify voting machines that the state recently decertified, then called it a day.
The Democratic majority ends its session tomorrow having punted on most of its priorities.
All I can say is, were the legislature quite as unproductive as Greene describes. The only good news is that the last 120 days could have been worse for the Colorado taxpayer. In addition to the wasted time spent debating trivial issues, we could actually be paying a higher car registration tax or even more costly nannyist regulations.
Dare we say the Democrat majority has been afraid of drifting too far Left and losing its power? Well, they still have the massive unconstitutional property tax hike hanging around their collective neck.