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Carman: Buckle up! Wild and crazy California politics likely will be on full display in Colorado in 2022

The rhetoric of the expensive and unsuccessful attempt to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom is just a preview of what Colorado will experience in the coming election cycle.

Opinion Columns

What’s Working: How much federal COVID relief went to unemployed Coloradans?

It's way more than $7.9 billion. Plus: Trust fund improprieties; mixed earner mistakes and construction jobs are plentiful -- and perks are getting better.

Economy

Free meals, flexible schedules: Colorado kids on where federal stimulus money for schools should go

The state listened to a dozen students talk about their pandemic-challenged school year and how Colorado could make next year better.

Education

Colorado will pay federal unemployment benefits until they expire in September

Governors in 21 other states say they’re ending federal benefits as early as June citing labor shortages — but others say the current job market is much more complex.

Business

Joe Biden’s plan would spend $16B to clean up old mines and oil wells and support jobs to do it

Colorado Sen. Bennet also has introduced legislation to to clean up federal well and mine sites and strengthen bond requirements for drilling on public lands.

Energy

Colorado’s mortgage relief program will pause after funds are used up

The state has started a separate rent-assistance program to utilize new federal relief, which provided no assistance for homeowners.

Economy

How Michael Bennet plans to ensure the Child Tax Credit expansion lasts longer than a year

The policy, which essentially provides guaranteed income for the vast majority of Americans with children, was included in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill. There’s no guarantee it won’t go away in 2022.

Politics and Government

Littwin: Michael Bennet did important work in helping pass the child tax credit, but now Dems have to do it all over again

The law, which would cut child poverty by nearly half, expires in a year. It should be easy to extend, with 85% voter approval. But in the U.S. Senate, nothing comes easy.

Opinion Columns

VP Kamala Harris to promote coronavirus aid plan in stop at Salud Clinic in Fort Lupton

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses have launched an ambitious tour this week to promote the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. But the pitch was leaving Republicans cold.

Politics and Government

Sen. Michael Bennet: How Biden’s COVID-19 relief bill helps cut child poverty

Part of the American Rescue Plan comes from a proposal I have worked on for years to expand the Child Tax Credit and extend it to families that need it most.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Freeway expansion is the wrong way to spend Colorado’s COVID-19 relief dollars

When the pandemic is behind us, will we want ever-wider highways, more air pollution and increasing greenhouse gas emissions?

Opinion Columns

Colorado reopens its unemployment system after long-awaited computer upgrade. Nearly 30,000 request payments.

The new system, however, is still not ready to handle the new 11 weeks of extended federal jobless payments for gig workers and those who’ve exhausted state benefits

Economy

Unemployed Coloradans may have to wait 2-4 weeks before getting more federal aid

The good news is that an upgrade to the state labor department's computer systems may speed things along. But people whose benefits ended Dec. 26 will likely need to take action to get future payments.

Business

What’s Working: Small business funding available, back to business in 2021, Colorado unemployment updates and more

Plus: New unemployment system launches Jan. 10, new rules for employers, and how to start your own business

Business

As 2020 winds down, renter programs get more money as Colorado’s state eviction moratorium is set to end

Funds to help people struggling with rent and mortgages payments are replenished as landlord applications for aid quadruples. Meanwhile, the federal eviction ban was extended to Jan. 31 as part of the new federal relief bill

Business

Grand Junction keeps its grave for radioactive, Cold War dirt thanks to new coronavirus-aid package

Trump’s signature means a disposal site can remain open for another decade, averting millions of dollars in added expenses

Environment