DENVER — A coalition of Colorado progressives are celebrating a federal judge’s ruling Monday that will allow a lawsuit challenging the state’s controversial Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights to move forward.
Attorney General John Suthers, a Republican, had been asking U.S. District Judge William Martinez to throw out the suit, brought by a coalition of plaintiffs, on procedural grounds, arguing that the plaintiffs didn’t have legal standing to sue the state.
The court, in Suthers’s view, is “not forum for rehashing political arguments” over TABOR, which voters approved in 1992 and has since divided liberals and conservatives — increasingly, as the recession has slowed revenues coming into Colorado’s coffers — over the state government’s ability to tax.
In a 73-page ruling issued Monday, Martinez disagreed.
Thirteen of the 33 plaintiffs are current Colorado lawmakers, and many others have held office previously.