Kelly Brough leads the pack in fundraising, while Rep. Leslie Herod leads in spending. Outside political groups, meanwhile, have crossed the $1 million spending threshold.
Sen. Chris Hansen
“Welcome to Denver”: Meet the 17 mayoral candidates through their airport train greeting
We asked each candidate to record their own 15-second airport train greeting. Here’s what they submitted.
Colorado lawmakers want to eliminate all carbon emissions by 2050, offer tax credits on clean lawn equipment
Senate Bill 16 would set new greenhouse gas reduction goals of 65% from 2005 benchmark levels by 2035, 80% by 2040, 90% by 2045 and 100% in 2050
Property tax arms race involving Colorado power players grips Capitol as fragile deal starts to deteriorate
A property tax arms race involving some of the state’s most powerful people is unfolding behind the scenes at the Colorado Capitol in the final days of the 2022 lawmaking term, jeopardizing a fragile deal unveiled this week. The deal, backed by the governor and negotiated over several weeks, would reduce projected property tax increases […]
Colorado lawmakers plan to overhaul unemployment system, extend benefits to immigrants as they also backfill depleted fund
Colorado lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill as soon as this week that would overhaul the state’s unemployment system and also send roughly $600 million to the depleted unemployment insurance trust fund to lower a $1 billion federal debt hanging over employers. The $600 million replenishment was expected — Gov. Jared Polis made the […]
Sens. Fields and Hansen: Hands on the wheel, not on the phone
Distracted driving is responsible for up to 10% of fatal vehicle accidents in the U.S. It ranks as the top “human contributing factor” in motor vehicle crashes. Certainly, distraction may have many causes, from eating or applying makeup, to children and pets in the vehicle. But it has one prevalent — and deadly — cause […]
Colorado needs to cut greenhouse gas pollution from industry. They’ve put it off until 2023.
Colorado officials won’t pass rules cutting greenhouse gas emissions from large manufacturers until 2023, once again disappointing environmental advocates who say mandatory targets for 2025 and 2030 are slipping out of sight. Last spring, the Air Pollution Control Division had rulemaking for the next round of industrial emissions cuts planned for 2022. Environmental groups say […]
Carman: Prying the leaf blowers from Coloradans’ cold, dead hands
I usually don’t pay much attention to the state legislature until the final week of the session. It’s like my dad used to say about basketball games, it’s just a lot of back and forth until the final two minutes. Why get your hopes up? This year I’m making an exception, though, for a bill […]
Colorado mountain communities vote “yes” on new short-term rental fees but reject heavier regulation
Colorado voters in several resort communities approved increased fees and taxes meant to squeeze more revenue for affordable housing from short-term rentals. But voters in end-of-the-road Crested Butte and Telluride stopped short of heavier restrictions intended to slow and limit short-term rentals in the tourist-dependent communities. Jim Day, who is retired and lives part time […]
Colorado’s unemployment fund is nearly $1 billion in debt. Small businesses are worried about paying the tab.
The last time Centennial Container saw the cost of its unemployment insurance premiums increase, owner Jim Noon didn’t think too much about the additional $40 a year per employee. “I mean, it adds up, but it’s not close-the-business material,” said Noon, who called a January 2020 state law to increase the base wage employers must […]