• Municipalities Matter

  • Municipalities Matter: Balancing the Playing Field
    In South Dakota v. Wayfair, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states and local governments can require vendors with no physical presence in the state to collect sales tax in some circumstances. In a 5-4 decision, the Court concluded that Wayfair’s “economic and virtual contacts” with South Dakota are enough to create a “substantial nexus” with the state allowing it to require collection.
    Municipalities Matter: Particularly with Ballot Measures This Year

    Lots of folks are focused on the end of the month primaries across the state. While those are surely important, CML has been monitoring a number of statewide ballot measures having potential impacts upon cities and towns. 

    Proponents circulating a change to the Colorado Constitution need a minimum of 2 percent registered elector signatures from all 35 state senate districts equaling a minimum of 98,492 registered elector signatures statewide. Those initiating a change to a state law rather than the constitution also need a minimum of 98,492 registered elector signatures; however, the signatures are not required to be gathered statewide. In the case of many proposals, paid circulators are being used. These paid circulators generally have little clue what the details of a measure really are, and will hit you up with a catchphrase such as: “Sign here to protect your property rights.” As I have learned over many years, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. “Decline to sign” is generally my mantra this election season.

    Municipalities Matter - Especially During Infrastructure Week
    Everyone in government seems to be having week-long celebrations recently: Public Service Week, Economic Development Week, Municipal Clerks Week… The League’s lobbyists are celebrating sine die week for the rest of 2017, since the General Assembly does not go back into session until next January! I want to mention a week’s celebration happening right now: Infrastructure Week.

  • Municipalities Matter is a regular blog by Sam Mamet, executive director of the Colorado Municipal League. Sam is responsible to CML's 21-member executive board for executing the policies and programs of the League. 

    What would you like to see discussed in Municipalities Matter? Contact Sam with your thoughts! (Email address is smamet @, without the spaces.)