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Daneya Esgar

Daneya Esgar
Daneya Esgar

Republican stall tactics in Colorado House threaten fate of dozens of bills as 2022 lawmaking term nears Wednesday close

Stuck in a long queue are bills that would change Colorado’s unemployment system, increase penalties for fentanyl users and dealers, and spend millions of dollars in federal coronavirus aid. The School Finance Act is also stuck in the logjam.

Politics and Government

Colorado governor, lawmakers unveil plan to slash property taxes by $700M to head off business group’s ballot measure

The relief would last two years. Gov. Jared Polis said his plan is to use that time to find a longer-term solution to Coloradans’ rising property tax bills

Politics and Government

As more and more Colorado lawmakers have babies, legislature moves to adopt its first parental leave policy

Senate Bill 184, introduced last week at the Capitol, would automatically grant 12 weeks of paid parental leave to lawmakers, plus an additional four paid weeks for lawmakers who have pregnancy or childbirth complications

Politics and Government

Higher education faculty in Colorado beg lawmakers to pass collective bargaining rights bill

Adjunct professors across Colorado often live paycheck to paycheck, with some turning to food banks, and want more say in wages and working conditions

Education

Democrats’ effort to affirm abortion access in Colorado won’t stop Republicans from trying to limit the procedure

A law enshrining abortion access in Colorado could be overturned by a Republican statehouse majority and governor. And it wouldn’t prevent conservatives from running ballot initiatives to undermine it.

Politics and Government

What will be debated at the Colorado Capitol when the legislature returns next week

Gov. Jared Polis and four state lawmakers joined The Colorado Sun for an event ahead of the 2022 legislative session

Politics and Government

WATCH: We talk with Gov. Jared Polis, key state lawmakers about the upcoming legislative session

Colorado's 2022 legislative session starts Jan. 12

Politics and Government

Colorado is on track to take its most significant step toward a Front Range passenger train system

Senate Bill 238 would create a special taxation district along the Interstate 25 corridor to fund the initiative

Transportation

Colorado lawmakers, governor unveil $700M state economic stimulus plan. Here’s where the money will go.

The money lawmakers are using to pay for the state stimulus plan comes from unexpected tax revenue.

Politics and Government

Colorado’s governor wants a big, fast coronavirus stimulus package. State lawmakers worry about the details.

The situation echoes of the yearslong tug of war between the governor and Democratic budget writers that began soon after Jared Polis assumed office

Politics and Government

Here’s what to expect as the Colorado legislature starts its 2021 lawmaking term with a “soft open”

The General Assembly plans to consider at least nine bills in a three-day session before adjourning the lawmaking to Feb. 16

Politics and Government

Colorado Democrats debate need for diversity in selecting their statehouse leadership

The debate among Democrats in the House and Senate reflected the heightened importance of diversity within the Democratic Party following a summer of social unrest around race and police abuse

Politics and Government

Pueblo flipped to Trump from Obama in 2016. How the swing county votes this year will speak volumes.

Will Joe Biden be able to do what Hillary Clinton couldn't four years ago?

Politics and Government

5 new insights into Gov. Jared Polis’ coronavirus response and how COVID-19 is affecting Colorado

The Polis administration was called before state lawmakers on Tuesday to talk about its spending and policy decisions around the pandemic

Coronavirus

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

Politics and Government

Colorado vowed to end the waitlist for an adult disability program by 2020. Nearly 3,000 people are still waiting.

The Medicaid program provides 24/7 care for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The average wait is currently eight years.

Politics and Government

Here’s your chance to tell Colorado lawmakers how to spend billions of dollars in the state budget

The lawmakers on the Joint Budget Committee will hear public testimony Monday on the spending bill for the next fiscal year

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

Sports betting won’t generate any money for Colorado’s water needs in first year, new analysis says

The Colorado Gaming Division only expects sports betting, which begins in Colorado in May, to generate between $1.5 million and $1.7 million in tax revenue in the 2020-21 fiscal year, which begins on July 1

Environment

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

Politics and Government
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