|Doug Bruce Tax Reduction
Douglas Bruce's latest tax initiative begins with a high level of public support in metro Denver. The initiative will reduce by $25 per year all income, motor vehicle, property and utility taxes.
But the initiative may have a difficult time winning in November.
Taxes are not the highest concern among voters. There is no tax revolt as in 1992 when Bruce's Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) tax limitations initiative passed.
The initiative will be opposed by the nearly united local and state government power structure representing both parties. Also business and civic interests will oppose, as well as the editorial pages of most newspapers.
The initiative starts with high levels of support among Democrats but as the Democratic party leaders begin to oppose the initiative, support will decline. Republican leaders will also effect their partisans as their opposition mounts.
The proposal is draconian on small local tax entities. And it is even more rigid than the TABOR initiative in that it has no override provision.
Doug Bruce is an effective petitioner, but a weak campaigner. His temperament engenders hostility from even anti-tax soulmates. While the press like covering Bruce, they believe he is carefree with the truth and casually vilifies anyone who stands in his way.