Thousands of Coloradans struggling to pay rent asked the state for help. $6.5 million later, phones are still ringing.
Nine months into the pandemic, Colorado’s housing assistance office spent $1 million to hire an out-of-state contractor to process applications for rent and mortgage help. The cost has grown as HORNE added 100 workers, of which slightly more than half live outside of Colorado.
8 big things you need to know about Colorado’s $34 billion state budget
The legislature has hundreds of millions more to spend than it was anticipating after Colorado’s economy fared better than expected during the pandemic.
Opinion: To recover from COVID-19’s impact, Colorado must invest in the workers who are getting us through it
Our elected leaders must commit to investing in essential services to make them sustainable and be better prepared for future crises.
Colorado state workers ordered to take unpaid furlough amid state budget shortfall
Gov. Jared Polis said “it's a time for belt tightening” but offered a tiered approach to reduce impact on lower-wage workers
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
Opinion: Colorado public employees are critical to the coronavirus response
Colorado lawmakers began slashing the budget and state employees are bracing for the worst
Democratic leaders hope to avoid pay cuts, furloughs and layoffs for government employees, but it may be necessary
Low pay. Cuts to PERA. For some state workers in Colorado, it’s like the recession never ended.
For Colorado government workers, recent pay hikes are negated by rising pension contributions, and vacant positions are becoming harder to fill