Rachel Zenzinger

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How Colorado lawmakers closed a $3 billion shortfall to balance the budget and why it led to tears

The Joint Budget Committee finalized how to spend $11 billion in discretionary spending ahead of the legislative session’s restart

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Colorado activated the National Guard to help with coronavirus. The lowest rank makes just $1.67 an hour.

The Colorado legislature approved a bill to increase pay, but Gov. Jared Polis has not yet signed the measure and it won’t take effect immediately

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Lawmakers are finally setting out to retool Colorado’s school funding formula. They’ll have to reach a consensus on these questions first.

Three key factors influence how much money Colorado’s 178 districts receive per pupil. A committee that’s been stalled for two years may have moved the needle with ways to rebalance funding.

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New attack ad from oil and gas industry ally blasts Gov. Jared Polis and Democrats for “junk science”

Defend Colorado launched a campaign to undercut a new state-commissioned study showing potential health impacts from drilling operations

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The Democratic agenda came with a big price tag. Now Colorado budget writers worry about paying the bill.

The rising costs of Gov. Jared Polis’ full-day kindergarten program is part of an estimated $100 million in additional costs lawmakers will need to cover

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Colorado is spending record sums on transportation. But state highways are getting less.

A partisan split on whether to use state funds to help local governments’ transportation needs foreshadows even more difficult choices down the road

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Colorado treats marijuana taxes like “a piggy bank.” But now top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas.

Colorado budget writers want to prioritize spending marijuana tax money on opioids and education, but it could mean cuts elsewhere

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Colorado’s kindergarten landscape will even out, with benefits flowing to state’s wealthiest, poorest families

A decade after some districts pushed back against Gov. Ritter's full-day kindergarten plan, most consider it essential.

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A breakdown of the 8 issues Colorado lawmakers will study before the 2020 legislative session

The Democratic-led General Assembly is analyzing topics ranging from school safety and college affordability to private prisons and tax breaks