Joint Budget Committee
A partisan split on whether to use state funds to help local governments’ transportation needs foreshadows even more difficult choices down the road
A change to Colorado’s DUI testing system has stoked fears of dropped cases and could shutter a private businessBy Jesse Paul Crime and Courts Primary category in which blog post is published
Lawmakers reject Polis’ $3 million budget request, but agree to bolster threat training after STEM shootingBy Christopher Osher Education Primary category in which blog post is published
Colorado treats marijuana taxes like “a piggy bank.” But now top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas.By Brian Eason Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published
To pay for housing and roads, Colorado lawmakers turned to an unusual source: the public’s “lost and found”By Brian Eason Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published
The House and Senate approved the measure after budget writers tapped two reserve funds to cover extra spending
Republicans are celebrating, but the extra $106 million for transportation in Colorado’s budget is far from a done deal
The budget now heads to the House, where the transportation funds will be stripped. Democrats in that chamber and Gov. Jared Polis aren’t commenting about the money’s future
The spending bills for fiscal year 2020 includes pay hikes for state employees, more money for education and dozens of other programs favored by Democrats.
Colorado lawmakers seek overhaul for troubled $231 million program meant to help kids catch up on reading
The proposed changes follow reports that the READ Act, which has been around since 2012, has failed to produce significant gains
These numbers describe Colorado’s economic outlook — and whether Polis will get full-day kindergarten
Gov. Jared Polis says there’s enough money to cover the cost of full-day kindergarten, but the state’s budget writers remain unconvinced
Democratic lawmakers are considering a phase-in of full-day kindergarten funding, but Gov. Jared Polis opposes the idea
With more child welfare caseworkers than ever, Colorado lawmakers want to know why some outcomes are getting worse
The bipartisan Joint Budget Committee has requested an audit after approving $22 million since 2015 to hire more caseworkers
The state ranks 47th in the nation for higher education spending, but a funding overhaul is not an easy request
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.