51st state question answered "yes" in 6 of 11 counties contemplating secession
Full story: Estes Park Trail-Gazette
#1 Nov 7, 2013
States need money to operate. According to the Center on Budget and Policy priorities, most State tax dollars go to: 25% K-12 education, 15% Medicaid, 14% higher education, 5% corrections, 5% transportation, and 35% all other (some of the larger items include general aid to local governments and contributions to public employees’ pension and health benefits).* Colorado’s 2014 budget is 20.5 billion dollars. There are about 5.188 million people in Colorado. There are less than 28,000 people in the five counties in Colorado that want to form their own State. By simple proportion, every man, woman, and child in the new State would have to come up with about $110,639 in taxes every single year to maintain their standard of living. Instead of complaining about being misrepresented in State government, perhaps the people in these counties should be grateful to the people along the front range for helping them maintain their standard of living.
#2 Nov 7, 2013
Unfortunately, there is no way to edit my previous post, so I'll try to correct the final figures here. The proportional budget for the new State would be $110,639,938 and that works out to $3951 for each person.
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