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Shannon Bird

Colorado lawmakers shelve proposal to more than triple property taxes for short-term rentals

The Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy Policy rejected the effort, but it could still be introduced during next year's legislative session

Politics and Government

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

The organization’s policy team resigned this month after a stretch in which they championed the passage of legislation abolishing Colorado’s death penalty, reimagining law enforcement and reforming pre-trial policies

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers demand counties comply with coronavirus restrictions to access relief money

A bill offering $37 million in direct aid to needy businesses would cut out places -- like Weld County -- that refuse to adhere to state COVID-19 mandates

Politics and Government

As the financial crisis hits Colorado, PERA’s new oversight commission is sidelined

Top Colorado lawmakers said the move was intended to save $100,000 in the $30.3 billion state budget, but critics suggest it's a bad idea

Politics and Government

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

Politics and Government

Colorado needs affordable housing. The state owns land. Can this combination work?

Gov. Jared Polis is urging the State Land Board to address housing shortage for teachers, part of a campaign promise he made

Politics and Government

Low pay. Cuts to PERA. For some state workers in Colorado, it’s like the recession never ended.

For Colorado government workers, recent pay hikes are negated by rising pension contributions, and vacant positions are becoming harder to fill

Politics and Government