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These numbers describe Colorado’s economic outlook — and whether Polis will get full-day kindergarten

A pair of new reports shows Colorado lawmakers are flush with cash to spend in the next year, but an economic slowdown on the horizon is generating calls for a more cautious approach. The paradox led Democratic Gov. Jared Polis and lawmakers from his own party to reach conflicting conclusions Friday about how to spend […]

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Worried about slowing economy, Democrats look to delay Polis pledge for full-day kindergarten

A slowing economy coupled with a backlog of unmet needs have left top Democratic lawmakers hesitant to fully fund all-day kindergarten, setting the stage for a possible budget fight with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis over one of his signature campaign promises. The disconnect between Polis and legislative Democrats reflects the difficulty of adding public programs […]

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Jared Polis is taking a hands-on approach to the legislature. And not all lawmakers are happy.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is making a strong play to score his top legislative priority, but his strategy is leading some prominent Democratic lawmakers to cry foul. To build support for full-day kindergarten, Polis is making personal appeals to budget writers, appearing in front of a legislative committee and visiting schools across the state. The […]