The Denver Post continues to love taxes. Last week it was pushing Bill Ritter's yet to be announced highway tax.
Normally, this author would be inclined to vote for that kind of tax. Building and maintaining highways is an important function of government.
The problem is that the legislature and the Denver Post (not to mention the Rocky Mountain News and The Gazette) have completely lost their credibility on taxes. Fool me once on taxes any you are unlikely to fool me again. A lot of Ref C money was supposed to go to roads. The state is keeping almost twice as much money as it claimed it would and yet the Governor is passing the tax hat again.
Many years ago, this author helped manage a $100,000,000 annual program for the military. It wasn't classified at the time, but it was and is sensitive enough that I won't be more clear about it. We had a guy in New Mexico who was notorious for gold watching to get more money out of us for his part of the program.
He knew that one of the issues we wanted him to work on was quite important, and no matter how much of the $100 million we gave him, that issue was always just below his funding line. When we gave him more money, it moved further below the funding line and the new money he got went to something else in the hope that he would get still more money.
If this sounds familiar, it should. Bill Ritter is gold watching the public. He thinks that he can ask over and over for highway money in the expectation that once he gets it, he can shift it or money it replaces elsewhere and ask all over again.