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As aquifers drain, El Paso County is hoping a nearly endless loop of water can fight future shortages

Could a $134 million pipeline recycling suburban water help wean communities off depleted aquifer sources? The latest complex solution for the arid, fast-growing West.

Environment

Colorado has paid out just 7.4% of its federal rent-assistance funds

The Department of Local Affairs, which oversees the rental housing assistance program, switched vendors to speed up pandemic payments.

Housing

Littwin: Who cares if the ultra-rich have their space toys? We need to worry about what toys — and what else — poor kids lack.

The enhanced child tax credit, which reduces child poverty by 45%, expires after one year. In a Sun-hosted zoom interview, Michael Bennet pushes for a permanent solution.

Opinion Columns

Here come the gas and delivery fees as Colorado’s governor signs $5 billion-plus transportation bill into law

Colorado lawmakers have been trying to solve the problem of boosting transportation funding for years. But Senate Bill 260 passed with almost no Republican support at the Capitol.

Transportation

Housing in Boulder County — and across Colorado — is expensive. But affordable homes are more than a fantasy.

Even with myriad solutions on the table, and many people eager and able to make change, closing the affordability gap is proving to be a monumental task

Housing

Housing, workforce development, infrastructure: How Colorado Democrats plan to spend $3.8B in federal aid

About $2 billion will be allocated before the 2021 legislative session ends by June 12.

Politics and Government

How Colorado can — and cannot — spend the $5.7 billion in federal coronavirus stimulus heading its way

The state, counties and cities could receive payments within days. But there are limits on how the money can be distributed that elected leaders are still trying to navigate.

Politics and Government

Opinion: More older Colorado Hispanics lack health insurance. Here’s how we can help change that for all Coloradans.

While the Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of Colorado Latinos ages 50 to 64 who lack health insurance, many remain unable to afford an individual policy.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Stimulus funds should support Colorado students in need at both public and private colleges

It is shortsighted to think that the private higher-education institutions we lead do not serve the same student demographics as our public counterparts.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: We need safer air in Colorado’s schools — but let’s be careful how we get there

Investments in indoor air quality can dramatically improve health for students, teachers, and school staff for the rest of this pandemic and the next generation.

Opinion Columns

New Colorado health insurance subsidies open as search for people eligible but not enrolled ramps up

American Rescue Plan subsidies increase Thursday, and residents can apply through Aug. 15 for a broadly expanded menu of premium help

Health

Opinion: A faith perspective on why Colorado should expand Colorado’s tax credits for working families

By closing loopholes and expanding tax credits that help working families, Colorado will be doing the right thing — both economically and from a perspective grounded in love for our neighbors.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: A Colorado education leader sees opportunity emerging from the COVID-19 chaos

Over the last year, in too many communities across the country, closed public systems have lurched from one crisis to the next, failing to either solve present challenges or imagine a different future.

Opinion Columns

Colorado’s unemployment fund is nearly $1 billion in debt. Small businesses are worried about paying the tab.

State lawmakers have taken steps to reduce the shock among employers who must pay back the massive federal loan, but other states are pursuing alternative strategies.

Economy

Opinion: Using federal COVID stimulus dollars to backfill Colorado’s unemployment insurance trust fund is a bad idea

Instead of stimulating the economy a year from now, we should use the money to stimulate the economy today.

Opinion Columns

Colorado’s mortgage relief program will pause after funds are used up

The state has started a separate rent-assistance program to utilize new federal relief, which provided no assistance for homeowners.

Economy

How Michael Bennet plans to ensure the Child Tax Credit expansion lasts longer than a year

The policy, which essentially provides guaranteed income for the vast majority of Americans with children, was included in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill. There’s no guarantee it won’t go away in 2022.

Politics and Government

Gov. Jared Polis signs bill maintaining school funding amid pandemic challenges

The legislation approved ensures Colorado school districts will receive the money they originally expected for the 2020-21 school year despite about 30,000 fewer students showing up, a 3.3% decline in enrollment. The law also sends millions to rural school districts to meet the unique needs of small and isolated schools.

Politics and Government

VP Kamala Harris to promote coronavirus aid plan in stop at Salud Clinic in Fort Lupton

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses have launched an ambitious tour this week to promote the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. But the pitch was leaving Republicans cold.

Politics and Government

Sen. Michael Bennet: How Biden’s COVID-19 relief bill helps cut child poverty

Part of the American Rescue Plan comes from a proposal I have worked on for years to expand the Child Tax Credit and extend it to families that need it most.

Opinion Columns