Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said during a conference that he’s ready to say “goodbye” to the state’s income tax.
“There’s things you actually want to penalize in society, like pollution might be one of them,” the Democratic governor said. “I would argue that smoking might be one of them — cigarette taxes, sin taxes, if there’s an applicable cost to people,” Polis said, according to the Daily Caller.
“So if we can move away from taxing income, which is something that you don’t want to discourage, because we want everybody to make income, we want companies to make income, that’s a great thing, to basing it on taxing pollution or carbon or something that we fundamentally don’t want, you’ll have a more pro-growth tax structure that gets the right incentives in place to help grow what you wanna grow and penalize things that are negative externalities,” Polis added.
The remarks took place at the Freedom Conference hosted by the Steamboat Institute. The appearance of the Democratic governor at a conservative event was an unlikely location for the tax-related comments.
Only nine states have no state income tax. Among them are Florida and Texas, two of the fastest-growing economies in the nation.
Colorado decreased its state income tax slightly in 2020, but no plans are expected to end the tax altogether.
Polis has served as governor since 2019. The leader has been known for his work as an entrepreneur and education leader, as well as being the first governor married to a same-sex partner.