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Brian Eason

Special to The Colorado Sun

A guide to how Amendment 23, “the budget stabilization factor” and “the negative factor” shape education spending in Colorado

The Sun’s Capitol Sunlight project helps Coloradans understand how the state’s political systems and spending work

Politics and Government

Colorado’s state budget drives decisions that affect us all, but it’s long and complicated. We’re here to help.

The Colorado Sun’s Capitol Sunlight project will help you make sense of the budget and how money is spent.

Politics and Government

More contribution hikes, benefit cuts may be needed to close $4.5 billion hole in Colorado’s PERA

PERA’s board of directors on Friday voted unanimously to change key economic and demographic assumptions that underpin the pension’s already shaky finances.

Politics and Government

The 2020 election untied and retied the fiscal knot in Colorado with decisions on Gallagher and taxes

In the 2020 election, the fickle Colorado electorate sent mixed messages on taxes and spending with big implications for the future

Politics and Government

Proposition 117 explained: Colorado voters would have more control over government fees

The use of enterprise fees to fund government programs has ballooned since the passage of TABOR made tax hikes harder to get approved.

Election 2020

Amendment B explained: What repealing the Gallagher Amendment would mean for Colorado and your property taxes

Colorado lawmakers voted in bipartisan fashion to ask voters to remove the constitutional amendment, but didn’t offer a replacement plan

Election 2020

Colorado state budget could escape “worst of the worst,” latest economic estimates show

Still, rising demand and cost of state government services means reserves may not fill the gap and could force more budget cuts next year

Politics and Government

Amendment B puts spotlight on Gallagher’s mixed legacy of budget cuts, tax relief and inequality in Colorado

A new Colorado Sun analysis of state property tax data determined that Gallagher has exacerbated Colorado’s urban-rural divide, gashing public budgets in small communities that already struggle to afford essential services.

Politics and Government

Gov. Jared Polis praises Republican-backed ballot question to lower Colorado income taxes

Initiative 306 would reduce state tax revenues by more than $300 million in the next two fiscal years just as the state budget is crunched by the coronavirus

Politics and Government

Colorado’s new redistricting process needs you — yes, you — to help decide the political districts

A look at how the new redistricting commissions are selected and how they will draw new congressional and legislative maps in Colorado

Politics and Government

As the financial crisis hits Colorado, PERA’s new oversight commission is sidelined

Top Colorado lawmakers said the move was intended to save $100,000 in the $30.3 billion state budget, but critics suggest it's a bad idea

Politics and Government

Now that Colorado lawmakers have put Gallagher repeal on the ballot, will they actually be able to pass it?

Already trouble signs are emerging signaling that would-be allies lack the enthusiasm needed to sell the 2020 electorate on a difficult ballot question

Politics and Government

Before coronavirus, PERA had one of its best years in decades. Here are 3 concerns going forward.

Colorado’s state pension system in 2019 had one its best years in decades, then the recession hit.

Politics and Government

Amid budget crunch, Colorado nets much-needed windfall for road projects with strong debt sale

The market for bond-like debt has shrugged off the pandemic crisis, allowing the Colorado transportation agency to avoid draconian budget cuts

Transportation

Gallagher led to $35 billion in residential property tax cuts. Now Colorado lawmakers want voters to repeal it.

A measure at the Capitol to put the question on the 2020 ballot appears fast-tracked for passage with bipartisan support

Politics and Government

To balance budget, Colorado lawmakers add to PERA’s long-term debt and backtrack from landmark deal

The Joint Budget Committee eliminated a $225 million payment from the state to the pension in the next fiscal year

Politics and Government

Coronavirus may trigger the second-largest property tax cut in Colorado history, further crippling local budgets

The reductions under Colorado’s Gallagher Amendment would slash total school district revenue by an estimated $491 million. Fire districts would also be hard hit.

Politics and Government

Against uncertain backdrop, the tax overhaul backed by Colorado’s governor and state lawmakers limps ahead

Gov. Jared Polis announced a task force in January to study the state’s tax breaks, building on the General Assembly’s efforts, but it may stall

Politics and Government

Colorado scrutinizes oil and gas tax breaks as severance taxes drop and the state budget gets tight

A recent legislative analysis finds the Colorado oil and gas industry pays second lowest severance tax rate among nine Western states

Politics and Government

Colorado issues, like fracking and marijuana, divide the Democratic candidates for president

A Colorado Sun survey shows all but two candidates support federal marijuana legalization, while others lack clear plans on Western issues

Politics and Government
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