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FreedomWorks Launches Colorado TABOR Campaign
New Director hired in mobilization to defend state TABOR
By Adam Brandon on February 14, 2005
FreedomWorks today announced a new campaign to promote the benefits of Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, and to turn back efforts to weaken the state law.
Adopted by Colorado voters in 1992, TABOR limits revenue growth for state and local governments and allows affected taxpayers the opportunity to vote on proposed tax increases. These protections— among the finest in the country-- are under increasing attack by national liberal interest groups.
To lead this campaign, FreedomWorks is hiring Beth Skinner as its new Colorado State Director. Ms. Skinner is currently a Senior Fellow of Economics at the Independence Institute in Golden. She is an experienced campaign director in Colorado, most recently leading the battle against the Amendment 35 Tobacco Tax increase as well as the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District tax extension. Ms. Skinner has appeared on numerous television and radio shows such as Independent Thinking, Colorado Decides 2004, and National Public Radio, and has been published in a variety of places including National Review, Woman's Outlook, and the Denver Post.
Founded in 1984, FreedomWorks mobilizes citizens nationwide with grassroots rallies, educational seminars, media campaigns, and direct contact with elected officials. In Colorado, FreedomWorks has an existing membership base of over 10,000 activists. In the past 18 months, FreedomWorks and its affiliated state Political Action Committees have conducted successful major anti-tax campaigns using the ballot initiative process in Oregon, Washington, and Alabama. FreedomWorks is currently campaigning to pass TABOR measures in other states, including Oregon and Wisconsin.
FreedomWorks Co-Chairman and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey commented:
“Colorado TABOR does a good job protecting the interests of taxpayers and keeping government spending in check. That’s why national liberal groups like the AARP and MoveOn.org can’t stand TABOR and are campaigning to seriously weaken it.
“FreedomWorks is heeding the call to battle on behalf of Colorado taxpayers and mobilizing to defend TABOR. We’re combining decades of national campaign experience with our team of local staff and volunteers to make sure that Colorado is aware of the benefits and protection that TABOR provides. I’d like to welcome Beth Skinner to FreedomWorks, and I look forward to working with her and the rest of our great activists there as we move to defend and even expand taxpayer rights in Colorado.”