SD-20 Candidate Lisa Cutter Gets Credit For TABOR Refunds She Once Tried To Eliminate – Complete Colorado – Page Two

LAKEWOOD — A Colorado Senate candidate has added her name to a long list of Democrats seeking credit for this year’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) repayments, despite having in the past fought to eliminate the return of over-collected income to taxpayers.

Lisa Cutter, who until this year represented House District 25 and co-chaired the House Majority Caucus, is using a social media ad to tell voters she was responsible for the refund checks that recently went to Coloradans, which are actually the results. of TABOR, a 1992 Colorado constitutional amendment that restricts the state from raising taxes or exceeding a revenue cap on any portion of the state budget without asking voters first. The ad makes no mention of TABOR, but instead claims that Cutter “delivered the largest tax relief ever in Colorado.”

Cutter will face Republican Tim Walsh for Senate District 20 in Jefferson County, a seat left open by Brittany Pettersen, who is running to replace Deputy Ed Perlmutter, who decided not to run for reelection to Congress.

Cutter’s history against TABOR

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While voters have repeatedly rejected attempts to dismantle TABOR, Democrats — including Cutter — have attempted to do just that, most recently with Proposition CC in 2019, which would have eliminated TABOR refunds, allowing lawmakers to keep those excess revenues forever. keep and spend instead of. Colorado voters handily defeated the measure on the ballot.

In fact, Cutter not only supported Prop CC, she also co-sponsored the bill that referred the measure to voters.

“Are you ready to vote yes to Prop CC,” Cutter said in a tweet on Oct. 16, 2019, as he campaigned for a “yes” vote. A few days later, she tweeted an editorial from the left-wing Aurora Sentinel.

In that editorial, the Sentinel says the man behind TABOR, Douglas Bruce, “and other fringe anti-tax advocates have long billed TABOR as a panacea for limited government. It’s not. It’s a sham.” Cutter praised the editorial as a “great explanation of what TABOR did to Colorado.”

Embracing TABOR in an election year

But in a year when Democrats have been blamed for everything from the highest inflation in state history and ever-increasing crime rates to parents’ dissatisfaction with educational opportunities and dozens of new fees and taxes, Cutter, like many of her friends, has colleagues, embrace the TABOR refunds to win over voters.

In an op-ed for the Jeffco Transcript, Cutter wrote:

“Coloradans who filed their taxes before June 30, 2022 can expect to receive their Colorado Cashback check in the mail from August,” Cutter said. “These expedited checks are designed to ease some financial burden, support your families and help pay for things like gas, groceries and rent.”

Nowhere in the op-ed, co-written with Senator Tammy Story and Senator Jessie Danielson, did the women explain to voters that these checks were, in fact, constitutionally required TABOR refunds — not special refunds by the Democrats.

The big rebrand

In years when income exceeds TABOR limits, the state must either return the money to taxpayers or ask voters to allow the state to keep it. The process has been around for decades.

However, Democrats wrote legislation that advanced the payout date so that the refunds arrived more than six months early because they’re based on revenue projections for fiscal year 2022/23 and would otherwise not have been paid until after tax returns were completed in 2022. incorporated.

They also changed the calculation for how much Coloradans would receive.

Colorado’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30. At the end of each fiscal year, the state forecasts what revenue will look like for the next fiscal year. If the income is expected to exceed the limits, the taxpayer will get a refund on that tax return.

For example, excess income for fiscal year 2020/2021 was refunded on the 2021 income tax return based on filing status and tax liability. In addition, there are six income levels that determine how much the taxpayer receives.

The key word here is ‘taxpayers’. Prior to this year, TABOR refunds were only made to taxpayers who had an obligation on their income tax return. However, for the next two years, anyone who files before June 30 will receive a check, regardless of whether tax is due.

Finally, they renamed it “Colorado Cashback,” a term that has angered Republicans who have supported TABOR since its passage.

Republican Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer, who is running for the new seat of Congressional District 8, was accused by her opponent, State Representative Yadira Caraveo, of “withholding vital money from working Coloradans” because she voted no.

Kirkmeyer responded by saying the rebranding effort is unfair.

“They came up with this to make it look like they were giving people a stimulus check,” Kirkmeyer told Complete Colorado in a previous story. “I have in no way voted to ‘withhold essential money’ from working Coloradans. I also voted against all those tax hikes my opponent voted for. The Democrats are all acting like they’re doing us a favor. I’m surprised they didn’t just put the check with the ballots. They’re just trying to buy votes.”

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