Opinion: This Fourth of July, let’s pledge to safeguard Coloradans’ liberties

July 4th has always been a significant day for those in the parts of rural southern Colorado I represent in the Colorado House. The holiday reminds us of our continued fight for independence initiated by America’s Founding Fathers.

Reflecting today, however, on the state I am honored to serve, it would be naive to pretend that Colorado aligns perfectly with that vision of freedom and independence.

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights, for example, was an amendment to our state Constitution limiting the powers of our elected government to spend tax money. Although Coloradans voted to pass the measure, elected individuals have fought endlessly to collect additional revenue, counter the people’s will, to grow government spending.

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