Colorado lawmakers made billions in cuts to finish the budget. Now Gov. Polis may need to make even more.
The $30.3 billion state budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year left a slim reserve to cushion against economic fluctuations, putting the state on edge
Colorado activated the National Guard to help with coronavirus. The lowest rank makes just $1.67 an hour.By John Frank Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published
Lawmakers are finally setting out to retool Colorado’s school funding formula. They’ll have to reach a consensus on these questions first.By Erica Breunlin Education Primary category in which blog post is published
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
A partisan split on whether to use state funds to help local governments’ transportation needs foreshadows even more difficult choices down the road
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
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.
The Democratic-led General Assembly is analyzing topics ranging from school safety and college affordability to private prisons and tax breaks
$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