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Colorado Legislative Council

Colorado Legislative Council
Colorado Legislative Council

Colorado’s state budget drives decisions that affect us all, but it’s long and complicated. We’re here to help.

The Colorado Sun’s Capitol Sunlight project will help you make sense of the budget and how money is spent.

Politics and Government

Colorado needs more people to help redraw political maps. And lack of diversity remains an issue.

Ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, the pool of applicants for the state’s two new independent redistricting commissions is smaller than anticipated

Politics and Government

Can you trust the blue book? Colorado officials say they prioritize nonpartisanship in analyzing ballot questions

Colorado sent ballot information guides known as the blue book to 2.5 million voters ahead of the 2020 election to help them decipher 11 statewide ballot questions.

Election 2020

Colorado state budget could escape “worst of the worst,” latest economic estimates show

Still, rising demand and cost of state government services means reserves may not fill the gap and could force more budget cuts next year

Politics and Government

Colorado scrutinizes oil and gas tax breaks as severance taxes drop and the state budget gets tight

A recent legislative analysis finds the Colorado oil and gas industry pays second lowest severance tax rate among nine Western states

Politics and Government

The economic impact of the coronavirus is huge. Now Colorado lawmakers are looking at a budget deficit.

Gov. Jared Polis’ administration assures lawmakers they have enough money to address the COVID-19 outbreak

Politics and Government

Taxpayers are only covering Democrats’ legal fees in a partisan Colorado legislature lawsuit. Republicans say that’s unfair.

The case has cost taxpayers $40,000 and counting, more than half of which was appropriated without necessary lawmaker approval

Politics and Government

Three budget numbers that will set the tone for the 2020 legislative session in Colorado

The December economic forecasts show slower growth and TABOR limits will restrain state spending in the next budget year

Politics and Government

Now we know how much money is at stake on the 2019 ballot with Proposition CC and TABOR refunds in Colorado

New economic forecasts show the state may refund as much as $1.7 billion to taxpayers in the next three fiscal years -- but not all will benefit the same

Politics and Government

How much Colorado taxpayers will get in TABOR refunds depends on these two wildcards

A ballot measure in November will ask voters a key question, and now lawmakers are talking about a special legislative session, too

Politics and Government

Colorado’s Senate president blocked a Facebook commenter. That cost taxpayers $25,000 — and he’s not the first to prompt a payout

Leroy Garcia, a Pueblo Democrat, agreed as part of a settlement to not remove comments from his official Facebook page or block users in the future

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers want to eliminate spending caps. Here’s how the TABOR overhaul would work.

Any additional revenue would go toward K-12 schools, transportation and higher education in Colorado

Politics and Government

Teachers living in campers: How rural Colorado districts are coping with growing teacher shortage

High turnover, pay below cost-of-living has rural districts hiring from restaurants, coaxing retirees back into the classroom and scouting overseas to fill positions

Education