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Colorado pits big colleges against small campuses in a “zero-sum game.” Gov. Polis wants a truce.

The state ranks 47th in the nation for higher education spending, but a funding overhaul is not an easy request

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The Denver teacher strike is over. Now lawmakers are trying to solve Colorado’s chronic education funding problem.

One plan under discussion at the statehouse would raise an additional $451 million every year to educate students, while another would impact property taxes and change how funds are distributed.

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

The new Democratic governor’s style represents “moving from one extreme to the other,” and it’s creating tension in the party’s ranks

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Here’s a guide to how the Colorado state budget works, and how to get involved

The powerful Joint Budget Committee will hold its first-ever public testimony to get public feedback on how to spend $30 billion next fiscal year

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Gov. Jared Polis wants to eliminate a Trump tax break to pay for a Colorado tax cut

The $400 billion federal tax cut for pass-through businesses is where Polis hopes to find money to deliver a broader income tax cut in Colorado. But even Democratic lawmakers are concerned.

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Colorado’s new attorney general wants $4.2 million for organizational makeover as part of big shift from his GOP predecessor

Phil Weiser, a Democrat, also said he will remove Colorado from a lawsuit challenging the Obama-era Clean Power Plan

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Gov. Polis prioritizes education in first budget request, but Democratic lawmakers are skeptical

Democratic budget writers worry the money for full-day kindergarten isn’t sustainable. And they want money for transportation

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New economic projections show smaller property tax cut. Colorado has oil and gas to thank (or blame).

The December economic forecasts also show a surplus that gives lawmakers more money to spend, but requires taxpayer refunds, too