Well, it seems that the old mantra of “tax and spend” lives on in Colorado. Democrat Governor Bill Ritter, who pushed a $1.7 billion tax increase in 2007, has decided to freeze property taxes in Colorado rather than lowering them as planned. This is tantamount to raising taxes up to $3.8 billion over the next 10 years. The debate rages strongly as of January 2008, when legislative sessions commenced. As if that weren’t enough, the Colorado state Constitution clearly states that any tax increase must go to a vote by the people. But this tax scheme has not gone to the people for a vote. Republican Senate and House members had fought against Ritter’s initial tax, and now are rightly upset at the latest news. "It's modern-day bank robbery," Rep. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican stated.