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Executive Orders from the Administration of Governor Bill Owens 1999-2005
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Dan Hopkins 303-866-6324
Mark Salley 303-866-6323
OWENS' STATEMENT REGARDING TABOR AGREEMENT
(DENVER) – Gov. Bill Owens today issued the following statement regarding the TABOR agreement:
"I'm very pleased to be joined by the bipartisan leadership of the House and Senate to announce a solid, effective and reasonable compromise referendum to address Colorado's budget challenges. It has been a very long journey.
"As I said in my State of the State speech in January, 'We may come from different political parties. We often see the world a bit differently. But there are major bonds that unite us.' We are also united by our commitment to public service and by our commitment to Colorado. It was that spirit of doing what's right for Colorado that has driven us to this agreement.
"It is important to stress that this agreement does not change the structure and function of TABOR. The spending caps remain in place. Colorado taxpayers retain the right to vote on tax increases. And they will have the chance to vote on this very agreement. Every aspect of TABOR, which the people of Colorado consistently tell us they like, will remain in place.
"This agreement is simple. It is straightforward. And, as taxpayers have done time and again at the local level, they will embrace a necessary solution to stabilize our budget."
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