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Colorado’s economic recovery remains strong, but delta variant and supply chain issues are holding it back

Consumer spending is propping up the state’s economic growth as Colorado restaurant and hotel revenues exceed pre-pandemic levels

Politics and Government

Opinion: Colorado’s investment in more equitable higher-ed funding is a necessary start

Laying the groundwork for an economy with a strong middle class requires us to be strategic with our investments – and it’s time to reinvest in higher education.

Opinion Columns

Colorado governor’s new budget plan includes $1.3 billion stimulus to kick-start state economy

Gov. Jared Polis spent big in the new spending proposal even as he acknowledged the “historic uncertainty” surrounding the state’s fiscal outlook

Politics and Government

Opinion: We can heal the coronavirus’ economic wounds with Initiative 271

Opinion Columns

10 major issues being decided in the final hours of Colorado’s 2020 legislative session

State lawmakers have been busy in the final days of an odd, abbreviated lawmaking term. Here are the big-ticket items that you’ll want to know about.

Politics and Government

Opinion: An open letter to Colorado lawmakers from Colorado Concern

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Coronavirus cast a light, but injustice was already here

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Colorado needs emergency tax reform to avoid irreparable harm

Opinion Columns

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

Colorado’s tourism marketing budget revived as lawmakers bet travelers will be crucial to coronavirus recovery

It looked like the state would zero out Colorado Tourism Office spending on promotion. But without visitors, communities built on travel will founder, budget writers say.

Politics and Government

Jim Morrissey: Colorado’s delicate coronavirus budget operation

Cartoons

Opinion: Tread lightly when looking at cuts to Colorado’s economic-development programs

Opinion Columns

Coronavirus is threatening school safety efforts prompted by STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting

The state legislature is dealing with a decreased budget and limited time for lawmaking, meaning a slate of bills that have yet to pass on school safety are likely at risk

Education

Colorado could stop tourism marketing as budget writers look to slash $3 billion in spending

Tourism leaders worry about the massive economic impact of Colorado disappearing from the public eye as the Joint Budget Committee ponders the idea of the state marketing itself

Coronavirus

With Colorado’s budget in tatters, advocates worry the public safety net will further fray

Gov. Jared Polis hit human services hard with his emergency budget cuts last week. Advocates for vulnerable populations say the coming coronavirus-related overhaul contains brutal reductions in spending

Politics and Government

Colorado governor slashes state spending, outlaws evictions and keeps ski areas closed in series of late-night orders

Gov. Jared Polis said Colorado does not have the money “to carry on the functions of the state government.” He also directed his administration to funnel money toward nursing homes, which have been hard hit by the coronavirus

Politics and Government

Many Colorado teachers willing to walk out to protest school funding, union survey finds

Teacher pay in Colorado ranks among the least competitive in the nation when compared with other professions that require a college degree

Education

Lawmakers are finally setting out to retool Colorado’s school funding formula. They’ll have to reach a consensus on these questions first.

Three key factors influence how much money Colorado’s 178 districts receive per pupil. A committee that’s been stalled for two years may have moved the needle with ways to rebalance funding.

Education

$8 million military construction project at Colorado Springs base shifted to pay for border wall

A spokesman for Colorado’s Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said in March that the Trump administration promised not to cut funds from military bases in the state for fiscal year 2019

Politics and Government

From bail reform to restoring voting rights and sealing records, Colorado’s criminal justice system is getting a makeover

A slate of bills making their way through the Colorado legislature would keep people out of jail, reduce penalties for some crimes and remove barriers for offenders once they are released from prison. Many of the measures have bipartisan support, but In some cases law enforcement want the brakes pumped.

Crime and Courts
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