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Budgets fat with fossil fuel revenue at odds with climate-change goals in states like Colorado

Will Toor, executive director of the Colorado Energy Office, said the state's not targeting fossil fuel production — only the industry's emissions.

Politics and Government

What’s Working: Colorado needs transit and truck drivers. How’s a $5,000 bonus sound?

Here’s how Denver and RTD are handling the driver shortage. Plus: Inflation continues, new business laws and more.


A federal program gives people $30 a month for internet. Less than a third of eligible Coloradans participate.

A smoother process and ISP support could increase Colorado’s participation rate in the Affordable Connectivity Program


Here’s where Colorado wants to capture and bury 350,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year

Carbon America will gather 350,000 tons of carbon a year from Yuma and Sterling ethanol makers and store it deep underground in climate change fight.


What’s Working: The politics of unemployment debt in Colorado

Business bills galore as Colorado lawmakers head into the last week of the legislative session. Plus: Who’s hiring, who needs a job, who’s getting a check.


Property tax arms race involving Colorado power players grips Capitol as fragile deal starts to deteriorate

Billions of dollars in funding for schools and local governments are hanging in the balance. Those involved in the negotiations have likened the situation to a high-stakes game of chicken.

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What happened when a bright star in Denver’s startup scene started to fade

Nanno's plan was to build the best babysitting app around. But as a female-founded, consumer tech business heading into a global pandemic, that changed.


Colorado lawmakers abandon plan to offer $58 million in paid family and parental leave fee relief

Democratic leadership in the legislature says the bill was rejected so lawmakers can use the money set aside for the measure for other purposes


Colorado governor, lawmakers unveil plan to slash property taxes by $700M to head off business group’s ballot measure

The relief would last two years. Gov. Jared Polis said his plan is to use that time to find a longer-term solution to Coloradans’ rising property tax bills

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What’s Working: Unpacking Colorado’s “muddled” economy 

New business filings remain at higher than usual levels but dissolutions rising too. Plus: Business bills, top cities to start a business and more!


Colorado Democrats aim to quickly pass property tax relief to head off ballot measure from business group, conservatives

Democrats are trying to quickly introduce and pass property tax reduction legislation to head off a 2022 ballot measure from Colorado Concern. Polling indicates that measure may be doomed from the start.

Politics and Government

What’s Working: Diversity tools to get past Denver’s $45,000 “scrape-by” wage

Plus: Colorado had one of the largest declines in job openings nationwide, but even as the state’s job economy has recovered, we’re not back to normal yet


WATCH: Life after High School – Opportunities in the Trades


Here’s how Colorado oil and gas companies say they are getting to net-zero emissions

Companies are going public with their climate goals using ESG (the E stands for Environment), as mindful investors push for change. But as sustainability funds thrive, what does “E” really mean?


Colorado lawmakers plan to overhaul unemployment system, extend benefits to immigrants as they also backfill depleted fund

A forthcoming bill would send $600 million, as expected, to tackle the trust fund’s $1 billion debt. But it also includes a handful of big changes to the unemployment system.

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What’s Working: Colorado program is looking for a few good older workers

Data shows moms and women 65 and over are heading back to work. Plus: State apprenticeship grants update, more workers unionize and more.


Democrats’ plan to reduce Colorado’s paid family leave fees would last 6 months, cut premium rate by 0.09 percentage points

Jared Polis and Democrats, who are facing election year pressure over the rising cost of living, have set aside $157 million in the fiscal year 2022-23 budget for government fee relief. Critics say it won’t do much.

Politics and Government

What’s Working: Colorado business leaders lose optimism about economy — but 55% expect to raise wages anyway

See the results from the latest CU business school survey. Plus: Colorado hotel workers reach a new high with a 10% quit rate, a case for offering more employee perks and a real life job fair.


United Airlines needs more workers as it undergoes one of its largest Denver expansions in years

The airline, DIA's largest, plans to hire 3,000 more people by 2026. To get past the Great Resignation, United has upped its starting wage and offers bonuses for some positions.


In the Roaring Fork Valley, seeking shelter has gotten even harder

The region’s housing crisis, along with its prevalent mental health issues, has led to growing homelessness in some of Colorado’s most scenic and wealthy communities.

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