Meanwhile, we have mayors of towns a few miles from Aspen clamoring for increased severance taxes to deal with the impact of the gas boom on the Western Slope.
The obvious solution? Energy production taxes will only you get you so far. What we really need is a consumption charge on hedge managers who have trophy homes in Aspen. If they only live there 90-odd days a year, so much the better; the fee increases by a factor of 22,255, just on general principle, for being an energy-sucking absentee greedhead. That’s the kind of fee structure hedge managers understand.
Send the dough to the folks in Rifle, Parachute and other places being pillaged to develop the resources for the hedgehogs to consume. Simple, eh?
Next week: How to solve Ted Haggard’s tuition woes. -- Alan Prendergast
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