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Colorado is about to spend $28 million to fund free summer bus and train trips. It remains unclear if riders will flock.

If you build it, will they really come?  Or, more specifically, if you make transit free for one month will Coloradans start riding it and then come back when they have to pay? Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Jared Polis hope the answer is “yes” as they prepare to spend $28 million on a program aimed […]

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Colorado state representative smelled of alcohol, refused breath test before DUI arrest

Police officers say they smelled alcohol on state Rep. Matt Gray’s breath before they arrested the Broomfield Democrat on Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence as he was trying to pick up his kids from school. According to a Broomfield Police Department report, Gray also repeatedly told officers that he was friends with […]

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Democratic state representative arrested in Broomfield on DUI charge

Democratic state Rep. Matt Gray was arrested Thursday by Broomfield Police Department officers on suspicion of driving under the influence. The address that police say he was arrested at an elementary school. The 41-year-old, who lives in Broomfield, is in the final year of his third two-year term in the Colorado House. He has filed to […]

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The ACLU has become a powerful player at the Colorado Capitol. But at what cost?

The ACLU of Colorado team credited with helping pass a slate of sweeping criminal justice reform measures abruptly resigned this month amid questions about whether the organization — powered by a jump in donations and a favorable political climate — was too aggressive in wielding its new status as one of the most influential groups […]

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Colorado takes its biggest step yet toward a Front Range passenger train system

Colorado on Wednesday took its most significant step yet toward building a Front Range passenger train system as Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a bill creating a special taxation district for the proposed rail line. Senate Bill 238 also forms a board tasked with getting the new train on track. The 17-member panel, six […]

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Colorado’s big electric users could get a 30% discount on power under Xcel Energy’s incentive plan

Xcel Energy got the greenlight Wednesday to create an electricity discount as an economic development incentive for companies expanding in or moving to Colorado, even though state regulators were troubled by what they saw as problems in the plan. The discounts — aimed at companies sensitive to electric prices, range from 30% a year for […]

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REPLAY: The Colorado Sun hosts a discussion on the state’s transportation-funding future

The Colorado Sun is hosting a virtual event on the state’s transportation-funding future on Wednesday night. Joining us will be: State Rep. Matt Gray, D-Broomfield Sen. Faith Winter, D-Westminster Sen. Ray Scott, R-Mesa County Sandra Hagen Solin, founder of Capitol Solutions Register here to participate. The free virtual event begins at 6 p.m. You can […]

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Here are the new gas and road-usage fees behind Colorado Democrats’ $4 billion transportation plan

Colorado drivers would begin paying a new fee of 2 cents on every gallon of gas they purchase starting in July 2022 under legislation Democratic state lawmakers are expected to introduce in the coming weeks. That fee, which would not require voter approval, would increase to 8 cents per gallon starting in July 2028 under […]