The State Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a property tax freeze that was backed by Governor Bill Ritter. Republicans argue that the freeze violates the state constitution and the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, known as TABOR. Bente Birkeland talks with reporters about the broader implications of the decision as part of the Capitol Conversation series.

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