Colorado budget

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Jared Polis doubles down in 2021 budget proposal with requests for big-ticket items

The Colorado governor’s budget proposal focuses on increasing the state’s reserve account and expanding the state’s preschool program

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The Democratic agenda came with a big price tag. Now Colorado budget writers worry about paying the bill.

The rising costs of Gov. Jared Polis’ full-day kindergarten program is part of an estimated $100 million in additional costs lawmakers will need to cover

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TABOR faces a reckoning with Prop. CC. Here’s what you should know about its impact on state spending

One reason why the TABOR cap is so contentious is because the state took on a larger role in supporting education and health care

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

A dozen Republican lawmakers, led by Sen. Kevin Priola, sided with the Democratic legislative agenda the vast majority of the time

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Colorado treats marijuana taxes like “a piggy bank.” But now top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas.

Colorado budget writers want to prioritize spending marijuana tax money on opioids and education, but it could mean cuts elsewhere

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$120 million in requests and $40 million in the bank. How an obscure theory helped prioritize the Colorado budget.

State Rep. Chris Hansen made Colorado one of the first test cases for quadratic voting in the public policy realm in the 2019 session

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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.

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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