Colorado voters may face as many as 11 major questions on November ballot as initiative deadline arrives
Four questions are pending approval from the Colorado Secretary of State's Office, including a measure to create paid family and medical leave program and a state income tax cut
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The state legislature’s break-neck pace from 2019 may not return, but expect fierce debates over health care, criminal justice, guns and transportation
Coloradans keep rejecting statewide tax questions to fund transportation. Democrats are now eyeing a regional approach.
“If the same ideological opposition gathers to any new transportation revenue, we’re running out of ways to tell local communities they can’t act on their own,” said state Rep. Matt Gray, a Broomfield Democrat
The stakes for the census count are real: A study estimates a loss of $63 million for a 1% undercount of Colorado residents
The paid family leave bill drew the most lobbying attention through March, but other hot-button bills had less money spent to track them
Colorado Democrats postpone paid family leave effort until 2020, opt for study after mounting pressure against bill
Sen. Faith Winter, a Westminster Democrat who was pushing for Senate Bill 188, said that she was unable to pass the measure without making changes she felt “gutted the bill”
The amended Colorado bill requires employees and employers to contribute on a 60%-40% basis to a state fund that, by fiscal year 2020-21, could reach $922 million
Senate Bill 188 passed its first committee hearing Wednesday on a 3-2, party-line vote
So far in the 2019 legislative session, about 500 lobbyists are registered to influence state lawmakers and officials. That’s five for every legislator.