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State Revenue Changes and the Colorado State Budget (2015)

State Revenue & Budget

This memorandum provides an overview of how changes in tax and fee revenue impact Colorado’s state budget. Pursuant to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) Amendment, the State of Colorado is limited in the amount of revenue from taxes and fees that it can retain and spend. The TABOR Amendment requires voter approval for tax increases, while fees can be changed by the state legislature without voter approval. Tax and fee revenue changes impact the state budget differently.

These differences influence the availability of moneys for general operating expenditures.