When Amendment 64 was passed last November and signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper the following month, most Coloradans figured it was a done deal -- unless the federal government decided to oppose it, that is. But no: Last night, Senator John Morse, seen here, and a slew of colleagues cam ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we shared a draft proposal that would repeal Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of marijuana, if voters don't approve a 15 percent sales tax during a November election. Also included was an opinion by attorney Ed Ramey that s ... More >>
Amendment 64 opponents are threatening to force a repeal of the measure allowing adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana if legislators don't approve a sales tax that's higher than necessary to cover costs. That's the claim of A64 proponents, who have scheduled a press conf ... More >>
Yesterday, we noted that the marijuana bills needed to implement Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of cannabis, would be facing their first tests. But the exams are far from over. The most high-profile of the bills squeaked out of its first c ... More >>
In coverage of last week's final Amendment 64 task force meeting, our Charles Trowbridge noted that in addition to a recommendation about a 15 percent excise tax at the wholesale level, an idea about a 25 percent point-of-sale tax was also floated. Task force member Christian Sederberg stresses that ... More >>
On Tuesday, at 12:29 a.m., just as Colorado began celebrating the New Year, Senator Michael Bennet's staff released a statement explaining why, in a break from his Democratic colleagues and the president, he voted against the plan to avert the fiscal cliff. The decision made him one of only eight se ... More >>
This week, the folks behind Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, have been ballyhooing a new ad featuring the endorsement of singer Melissa Etheridge. But act opponents are focused more on another commercial -- a spot highlighting revenues for school construction. They say the spot ... More >>
Update:A Colorado Center on Law and Policy study predicting the economic impact of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, has become a political football for proponents and opponents. Now, CCLP reps are defending the methodology of the report, whose totals differ from those of state ... More >>
See Also: • Tax Evasion: How to live like a rock star -- and pay taxes like one, too. As the saying goes: There are only two things that are certain and unavoidable in this life -- death and taxes. And while both might be causing folks to lose sleep these days (you didn't forget tax time is upon ... More >>
Is the Colorado Department of Transportation looking at hiking taxes on gasoline and electric cars? That's the implication from an Independence Institute report, which quotes from CDOT e-mails. But spokeswoman Stacey Stegman says there's no proposal yet, and one is unlikely this year.
A past Player.Amid the controversy over a report tying just-elected Denver mayor Michael Hancock to Denver Players, the prostitution ring that brought down Judge Edward Nottingham, much of the attention has focused on previous Players owner and alleged burglary victim Scottie Ewing. But there ... More >>
The Denver Public Library is in financial trouble. Since 2003, city budget constraints have caused the system to cut hours, reduce staff and spend less money on new books. And it may only get worse: Next year, the library has been instructed to cut another $2.5 million from its budget. Start ... More >>
Mike Rosen.Update below: This week, a tipster informed yours truly (and Colorado Pols) that KOA talk show host Mike Rosen had basically copied a 2008 column he wrote for the Rocky Mountain News and republished it in December as a Denver Post piece. Rather than simply running side-by-side exce ... More >>
David Zamzow."If you are looking for a blend of personal service and expertise, you have come to the right place!. I offer a broad range of services for business owners, executives and independent professionals." So reads the welcome message on Fort Collins CPA David Zamzow's website. No men ... More >>
A former Denver Sugar girl.The really wild ride of Scottie Ewing, former ski pro turned porn purveyor and swinging entrepreneur, took another turn yesterday, when he pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion in connection with the sale of the Denver Sugar/Denver Players prostitution business ... More >>
Douglas BruceOpponents of three tax-slashing ballot initiatives say their polling shows that the measures might actually be approved by voters -- despite a multi-million-dollar ad blitz starting this weekend designed to crush them. Coloradans for Responsible Reform recently spent $250,000 on ... More >>
A Flickr photoForty-eight hours is about all you've got left...April 15 -- the deadline for filing income-tax returns -- is just two days away. And in case your stress over that fact isn't already overwhelming, the U.S. Attorney's Office has a message: "It is important to file complete and ac ... More >>
ClearTheBenchColorado.org's Facebook profile picture gives you a pretty good idea where Matt Arnold's coming from.It took the better part of a week, but Matt Arnold, the man behind ClearTheBenchColorado.org, has finally gotten the Denver Post to blink. On Tuesday, the paper published, "AG Su ... More >>
Think the lines at the airport are long? They're nothing compared to the lines at the Denver Treasurer's office, where would-be dispensary operators are lining up to get their sales-tax licenses before any city ordinance might put limits on dispensaries. But the dispensaries will definitely ... More >>
"When I said, 'Put that in your pipe and smoke it,' I didn't mean it like that!"Attorney General John Suthers has been the high-ranking state official most likely to imply that the sky is falling in relation to medical marijuana. No wonder he cheered a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling in the ... More >>
Every week it seems like another $300 million must be slashed from the state budget. Even if there is no money left to pay for the 2009 state income tax refunds next year, Governor Ritter should plan to send out one "Colorado Cash" coupon for every $100 worth of state income tax owed by the state. W ... More >>
The cost of cigarettes could go up in smoke this November.
Mildred Bennett's lost her home, but she's got a $35,000 consolation prize.
Is this crazy, or what? The only way Mildred Bennett can get her house back is to prove she's mentally disabled.
A state property-tax goofup means that a poor Colorado county has to pay back a huge oil company.
The City of Denver declares war on the state legislature over a telephone bill.
Tobacco lobbyists do a smokin' business with politicians.
Next month, Colorado voters will decide whether the state's $5 billion worth of tax-exempt properties are all charity cases.
The EPA messes with a widow over a Commerce City warehouse and winds up making its own mess.
The streets aren't paved with gold down in the brand-new city of Lone Tree --yet.
Need some special-interest legislation? Here's how this year's session measures up
A "nonprofit" hospital gets its lucrative office buildings taken off the tax rolls.
THE HISTORY OF A TAX LOOPHOLE--AND HOW IT GOT PLUGGED.
NEED A TAX BREAK FOR THE NEW YEAR? CONSIDER RAISING BEES, DONKEYS, HAY OR, AS A LAST RESORT, A STINK WITH THE COUNTY ASSESSOR.TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE? FOR A SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPER SEEKING A TAX BREAK, THAT'S NO QUESTION. BUT TAXPAYERS GET STUNG.
DENVER'S FAVORITE CANADIAN MILLIONAIRE WANTS A STADIUM SUBSIDY. HERE'S WHAT HE WON'T TELL YOU ABOUT IT.BRONCO BULLY PAT BOWLEN PLAYS SMASH-MOUTH POLITICS IN HIS QUEST FOR A NEW STADIUM.
THE DEFECTION OF PHILIP ANSCHUTZ IS JUST THE LATEST RED FLAG IN THE PEPSI CENTER DEAL.
THE CITY LOANS $270,000 TO A BUSINESSMAN WHO PILED UP DELINQUENT DEBT.
DID A SQUABBLE WITH COLORADO SPRINGS COST FORT COLLINS $300 MILLION?
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