Colorado spared more budget cuts for now, but an additional $1 billion in reductions looms on 2021 horizon
The state’s reserve is so minimal the slightest change will force Gov. Jared Polis to take executive action to reduce spending.
Colorado lawmakers made billions in cuts to finish the budget. Now Gov. Polis may need to make even more.By John Frank Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published
Hickenlooper makes case for electability as repeated controversies continue to overshadow his campaignBy John Frank Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published
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A rundown of the top storylines, major legislation and how the lawmaking will look when Colorado lawmakers resume the 2020 session
The Joint Budget Committee finalized how to spend $11 billion in discretionary spending ahead of the legislative session’s restart
The Joint Budget Committee eliminated a $225 million payment from the state to the pension in the next fiscal year
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.
In a deal that closed in a Broomfield park, Colorado took title to the ranch that will be the newest state park. Developing it, however, will take some financing creativity as budgets are slashed under pandemic pressures.
Coronavirus may trigger the second-largest property tax cut in Colorado history, further crippling local budgets
The reductions under Colorado’s Gallagher Amendment would slash total school district revenue by an estimated $491 million. Fire districts would also be hard hit.
Colorado is the only state without a rainy day fund. Now the coronavirus means it will pay the price.
Colorado's budget reserve fund is now larger than it was in previous years, but leaders knew it wouldn’t be enough to weather a storm
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
Health-related industries top Colorado lobbying spending so far, and it’s only expected to intensify
The coronavirus legislative hiatus changes the landscape and may shorten the session, but lobbying may still set record