Colorado budget

Crime and Courts Primary category in which blog post is published

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.

Education Primary category in which blog post is published

Will Colorado reform its checkerboard of school taxes? Not this year.

Advocates said they hope this is not the end of the road for an idea that could raise as much as $450 million for education and make school funding fairer

Transportation Primary category in which blog post is published

Colorado lawmakers reach deal to spend $300 million on transportation. But it’s unclear what will be cut to pay for it.

Democrats in the House say education funding will not be tapped to pay for the extra transportation funds

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

Republicans are celebrating, but the extra $106 million for transportation in Colorado’s budget is far from a done deal

The budget now heads to the House, where the transportation funds will be stripped. Democrats in that chamber and Gov. Jared Polis aren’t commenting about the money’s future

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

What the $30.5 billion Colorado state budget means for you — yes, you

The spending bills for fiscal year 2020 includes pay hikes for state employees, more money for education and dozens of other programs favored by Democrats.

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

These numbers describe Colorado’s economic outlook — and whether Polis will get full-day kindergarten

Gov. Jared Polis says there’s enough money to cover the cost of full-day kindergarten, but the state’s budget writers remain unconvinced

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

Democratic lawmakers want to ask voters in 2019 to end TABOR cap, but Polis is not so sure

The measure would amount to the most substantial effort in years to rollback the state’s unique limits on government spending

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

Jared Polis cheers a GOP tax cut plan, and his political allies shudder

The debate comes as a new report shows the gap between the effective tax rates of the rich and poor has grown wider in Colorado.

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

Gov. Polis says the federal shutdown isn’t impacting Colorado’s state budget — but that could quickly change

More than 2,200 unemployment claims related to the federal shutdown have been filed in Colorado