A billion dollar tax increase? Flip a coin.

By Kelly Maher

Apparently one of Colorado’s top ranking Democrat Senators thinks it’s acceptable for major decisions affecting the future of the state to be made by the flip of a coin. In a Senate Education Committee meeting this Wednesday, Chairwoman Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) revealed her priorities to the other Senators serving with her.

During consideration of SB 13-213, a massive $1 billion tax increase and total revamp of education funding, in committee Wednesday, Senator Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) tried to express his concern over voting too quickly on substantive, structural amendments (which ultimately increased the price tag on the bill by 20%). Senator Hudak responded to Hill, asking him if he needed a coin to flip to determine his vote.

Hill: “I can’t vote on something I haven’t had a . . .”

Hudak (interrupting): “Here’s a coin you can flip.

Hudak: Pass for now.

Hill: I didn’t knock on 20,000 doors to flip a coin,

Hudak: Neither did I. Uhm, you’ll pass for now, here’s a coin if you want to flip it.

Hill (under his breath): Unbelievable.

Prior to the vote Senator Hudak kept hurring along testimony and debate expressing over and over she wanted the committee to adjourn by 1:30pm so as to not have to reconvene for continued consideration. This came much to the dismay of other members of the committee who, recognizing the size and scope of both the original bill and subsequent amendments, wanted to read and understand all aspects of the changes being proposed.

Senator Hudak has already been a controversial character at the Denver capitol this session, when she callously told a rape victim testifying against a gun control bill that even if the victim had had a gun the statistics still weren’t in her favor.

The 2012 cycle is Senator Hudak’s last election, as she is term limited and will not have to stand for reelection. She is certainly acting like it.