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.
New attack ad from oil and gas industry ally blasts Gov. Jared Polis and Democrats for “junk science”By John Frank Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published
The Democratic agenda came with a big price tag. Now Colorado budget writers worry about paying the bill.By John Frank Politics and Government 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
Colorado’s kindergarten landscape will even out, with benefits flowing to state’s wealthiest, poorest familiesBy Christopher Osher Education Primary category in which blog post is published
$120 million in requests and $40 million in the bank. How an obscure theory helped prioritize the Colorado budget.
State Rep. Chris Hansen made Colorado one of the first test cases for quadratic voting in the public policy realm in the 2019 session
Big tobacco is fighting Colorado’s nicotine tax bill with powerful lobbyists and a social media campaign
A company tied to cigarette-maker Philip Morris and popular vape brand Juul has spent thousands on social media ads against the tax hike. It’s also hired lobbyists from the high-powered Denver firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Colorado lawmakers plan to remove $2.3 billion transportation question from ballot, delay it to 2020
Colorado legislative leaders are concerned about an increasingly crowded 2019 election ballot with substantial spending questions
Colorado Democrats postpone paid family leave effort until 2020, opt for study after mounting pressure against bill
Sen. Faith Winter, a Westminster Democrat who was pushing for Senate Bill 188, said that she was unable to pass the measure without making changes she felt “gutted the bill”
High turnover, pay below cost-of-living has rural districts hiring from restaurants, coaxing retirees back into the classroom and scouting overseas to fill positions
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.
Colorado is one of only 10 states that don’t require all campaign ads to identify the sponsor
Leroy Garcia’s opening remarks are notable for what he didn’t mention. Here’s the Colorado Senate president’s speech, annotated.
Context for Leroy Garcia's opening day speech at the Colorado legislature, with annotations from The Colorado Sun highlighting what’s important and explaining what it all means