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COLORADO REPUBLICANS TO MAYOR "HICKENRITTER": END YOUR LAME JUSTIFICATION OF RITTER TAX INCREASE

posted Feb 8, 2010, 6:08 PM by Ting Dai

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January 27th, 2010                                                                          303-758-3333

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COLORADO REPUBLICANS TO MAYOR "HICKENRITTER":  END YOUR LAME JUSTIFICATION OF RITTER TAX INCREASE

DENVER - Colorado Republicans today challenged Mayor John Hickenlooper to renounce his support and justification of Governor Bill Ritter's $130 million tax increase on Colorado small businesses.

"Mayor 'Hickenritter' lamely tried to justify Governor Ritter's job-killing tax increases on small businesses by saying paying higher taxes is not a tax increase," said Colorado Republican Chairman Dick Wadhams.  "Only someone who consistently and dramatically raised taxes as Mayor of Denver could claim Ritter's tax increase scheme is not really raising taxes."

Mayor Hickenlooper's comments regarding Governor Ritter's approach to businesses were the subject of a recent Denver Post article:

"But the geologist turned brewmeister struck a different tone last week when asked about Gov. Bill Ritter's proposals to offset what will be at least a $1.3 billion shortfall for the budget year starting in July. Ritter, a Democrat, wants to eliminate or suspend 13 tax exemptions and credits that add up to nearly $132 million.

Asked then about Ritter's plan, Hickenlooper sounded receptive and said the governor was being fair to business.

"I think the governor has reached out to the business community and said, 'If we have to get rid of some of the tax credits, some deductions . . . which are the ones you can most live with?' " the mayor said.

He added: "Everyone's got to give a little. There's no argument about that." [...]

In an interview with The Denver Post on Monday, Hickenlooper attempted to clarify his position, saying there was a difference between raising taxes and eliminating a tax break.

"They have the same result on a business, but they're not the same thing," Hickenlooper said." (Tim Hoover, "Hickenlooper talks taxes, for and against," The Denver Post, 1/21/10)

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