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Complaint filed by Colorado sales tax increase opponents

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September 15, 2011

DENVER, Colorado: Opponents of the Colorado sales and income tax increase have taken their fight to the Colorado Secretary of State.

A complaint was filed with the secretary of state's office stating that a signature gatherer for the initiative broke the law with "false and misleading statements" about the measure. The complaint was filed by Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, citing a video in which that signature gatherer states the ballot proposal would not raise taxes. The video was taken by Kelly Maher when the conservative blogger went undercover to find circulation gatherers.

The measure would increase the state income tax to 5 percent and the sales tax to 3 percent. Currently, the income tax is 4.63 percent and the sales tax is 2.9 percent. The proposal is being backed by State Senator Rollie Heath and other supporters who initiated the signature gathering process to place it on the ballot. The revenue generated from the tax increase would be used to help fund education in the state.[1]

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