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Tax credits are a shell game

  Regarding Colorado’s tax credits for conservation easements (HCN, 5/30/05: Colorado tax credits make easements work for working people): That is sure a shell game if I ever saw one. The Colorado Congress certainly found a way to help the rich get richer at the expense of all other taxpayers.

Why doesn’t the state just buy the easement from the rancher at 80 cents on the dollar? That way the state saves 20 cents on the dollar, and the rancher still gets the same amount. The only ones losing are the wealthy and middlemen.

John Olbert Tucson, Arizona