Supporters of initiatives like I-1033 argue that rigid public spending limits can be a boon for state economies. In Colorado, however, TABOR had no positive impact on the state’s economy. In fact, after enacting TABOR, employment growth in Colorado slowed relative to other states in the region. Worse, following the last recession employment recovered much more slowly in Colorado compared to neighboring states.
The table below shows that employment in Colorado grew at an annual rate of only 0.2 percent between 2001 and 2006. At the same time, the median annual growth rate among the remaining seven states in the mountain region was 9.3 percent.
For more information on how TABOR adversely impacted core public services in Colorado, see our recent report, Toxic Twins: I-1033 Mirrors Colorado’s Corrosive TABOR, coauthored with the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute.
Editor's note: This is the final post in series about TABOR's adverse effects on essential public services in Colorado. Previous posts in the series detail the sharp declines in education funding, health care services, and transportation infrastructure that ocurred in Colorado under TABOR.