Colorado's unemployment fund has enough to cover 18 months of unemployment pay -- but only in a regular recession. There’s concern the coronavirus will cause an extraordinary downturn and that the program is underfunded.
Paid family leave is a priority for Colorado Democrats. But 5 questions will make or break the effort.By Jennifer Brown Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published
Lobbying spending sets new record in Colorado, as interests shift to influence Democratic-controlled CapitolBy Sandra Fish Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published
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
Split among Democrats on two major issues comes as Colorado’s legislative session heads into final sprint
The paid parental and family leave bill, as well as a measure to abolish Colorado’s death penalty, have been delayed by internal party concerns
Senate Bill 188 passed its first committee hearing Wednesday on a 3-2, party-line vote
Few Colorado workers get paid time off to care for a new baby or sick family member. Changing that is a key goal for Democrats.
The measure, shot down in 2018 by Republicans concerned about small businesses, returns for a fifth time