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Colorado’s $30.3 billion coronavirus-sickened state budget explained in 10 numbers

Colorado lawmakers will begin debate Monday on the $30.3 billion coronavirus-sickened state budget — and no one is happy. “Do we love this budget? No,” said state Rep. Daneya Esgar, a Pueblo Democrat and chairwoman of the Joint Budget Committee. “This budget is hard. There are a lot of cuts in this budget.” The cuts […]

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Colorado’s coronavirus budget crunch is putting Democratic accomplishments at risk

Anna Layden makes $57,000 a year as an educator in Durango and owes the same amount in student debt after putting herself through college and graduate school. To pay it down, she applied for a $5,000 loan repayment through a new initiative for Colorado teachers. Deana Cairo wanted to see her 19-year-old son with developmental […]

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Here’s the top political story of 2019 and the decade in Colorado. And what to watch in 2020.

Colorado’s political landscape shifted significantly in the past year — and decade — as Democrats moved more firmly into power, backed by a transformed electorate. The new political reality led to major changes in policies and birthed a new generation of leaders on both sides of the political spectrum. To capture this scene, The Colorado […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment

Colorado is bad at recycling, so lawmakers spent months looking for solutions. Here’s what they proposed.

Colorado lawmakers spent months deliberating ways to address Colorado’s abysmal recycling rate, but in the end, a special committee mostly agreed to keep studying the issue. Two of five draft bills considered by the Zero Waste and Recycling Interim Study Committee advanced Tuesday. The first would study how to use tax breaks to incentivize Colorado […]

Posted inBusiness, Energy, Environment, Politics and Government

Colorado’s oil and gas industry voices its concerns. But Gov. Jared Polis dismisses them.

The oil and gas industry is facing new headwinds in Colorado with a mixture of anxiety and downright angst, worried about new rules that could amount to a “proxy ban” on drilling in some areas and impact jobs. And Gov. Jared Polis only amplified the concerns Wednesday at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s annual […]

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Colorado lawmakers missed a significant number of votes in the 2019 legislative session

In the fast-paced legislative environment, missing one day can mean missing dozens of votes. And it can add up through the session.  Colorado’s 100 lawmakers missed a combined 898 final votes out of 47,302 opportunities during the 120-day legislative session, according to a Colorado Sun analysis of the 2019 term. The General Assembly approved 460 […]

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A question to repeal national popular vote compact in Colorado is poised for 2020 ballot

The advocates behind an effort to repeal the national popular vote compact signed by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis say they’ve verified enough signatures to get their challenge on the 2020 ballot. The deadline to submit petitions is Aug. 1, and Coloradans Vote, the issue committee challenging the new law, reports it has authenticated more than […]

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To recall Jared Polis, critics must get 10,521 voter signatures a day. Here’s what else you need to know.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis celebrated his first six months in office Monday. His critics marked the day with an effort to recall him from office. The Dismiss Polis group received approval to circulate a petition and collect signatures from registered voters to force a special recall election. To do so, the governor’s critics must collect […]

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GOP blasted Democrats for the 2019 legislative session. But they supported nearly every bill, analysis shows.

This year, Republicans accused the Democratic majority at the state Capitol of political overreach, stalled contentious legislation for hours and called for recall elections. But the rancor belies the fact that at least one Republican lawmaker supported all but 19 of the 460 bills approved, meaning 96% won bipartisan support. The broad agreement is not […]

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The 2019 legislative session in Colorado explained in 5 graphics

A month after it ended, the 2019 legislative session continues to resonate in Colorado. Democratic lawmakers are cheering, and Gov. Jared Polis is celebrating progress on his campaign promises. Republicans are holding rallies to galvanize opposition and threatening recall elections for their opponents. And major policy shifts are starting to take shape as new laws […]