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Colorado lawmakers considering new fee on gallon of gas to boost money for roads

Gov. Jared Polis has made clear to lawmakers he wants a bipartisan deal this session, according to advocates who say this year could break the impasses in prior sessions

The top story in Colorado politics in 2020 — and what to expect in 2021

The coronavirus pandemic dominated headlines inside and outside politics, but the U.S. Senate race also ranked high on the list

Colorado’s fiscal future looks brighter. Now lawmakers must decide how to spend the unexpected windfall.

The December revenue forecasts from the governor’s office and legislative economists show the recovery is impacting high-wage and low-wage workers differently

Colorado lawmakers will return for special session to address coronavirus relief

Gov. Jared Polis wants lawmakers to take immediate action on elements of his $1.3 billion stimulus package that includes relief for restaurant owners and other small businesses

Colorado governor says his $1.3 billion stimulus plan would create up to 15,000 jobs, but questions abound

Lawmakers are open to a stimulus, though skeptical because the economic package amounts to deficit spending. Gov. Jared Polis says it's worth the investment.

Proposition 116 explained: Colorado must decide whether an income tax cut is worth a hit to state budget

The measure would lower the state’s income tax on individuals and corporations to 4.55% from 4.63%, lowering state revenue more than $150 million a year

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Proposition 117 explained: Colorado voters would have more control over government fees

The use of enterprise fees to fund government programs has ballooned since the passage of TABOR made tax hikes harder to get approved.

Colorado 2020 election: A quick guide to the ballot questions on abortion, wolves, taxes, sick leave and more

The 11 statewide policy questions on the 2020 election ballot carry far-reaching implications for social and fiscal future of Colorado

Colorado state workers ordered to take unpaid furlough amid state budget shortfall

Gov. Jared Polis said “it's a time for belt tightening” but offered a tiered approach to reduce impact on lower-wage workers

Colorado state budget could escape “worst of the worst,” latest economic estimates show

Still, rising demand and cost of state government services means reserves may not fill the gap and could force more budget cuts next year

John Hickenlooper’s legal defense against ethics complaint cost taxpayers $150,000, a final tally shows

Colorado paid an outside attorney $525 an hour to represent the former governor against the ethics complaint first made in October 2018

Gov. Jared Polis praises Republican-backed ballot question to lower Colorado income taxes

Initiative 306 would reduce state tax revenues by more than $300 million in the next two fiscal years just as the state budget is crunched by the coronavirus

Jared Polis is taking big money from private donors to fund key positions in Colorado governor’s office

The work covered by private gifts and grants include the Colorado governor’s top issues -- climate change, immigration and early childhood

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

Coronavirus bills push lobbying to record total in Colorado. Here’s a look at the big spenders.

Legislation to require paid sick leave for workers amid the pandemic drew intense lobbying in the final weeks before session ended in June, a Colorado Sun analysis shows.

Colorado spared more budget cuts for now, but an additional $1 billion in reductions looms on 2021 horizon

The state’s reserve is so minimal the slightest change will force Gov. Jared Polis to take executive action to reduce spending.

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

Oil and gas and private donors paid for initiatives in Hickenlooper’s administration, investigation finds

The donations overlapped with state business but the governor’s office had no conflict of interest policy, The Colorado Sun and CBS4 found

Amid budget crunch, Colorado nets much-needed windfall for road projects with strong debt sale

The market for bond-like debt has shrugged off the pandemic crisis, allowing the Colorado transportation agency to avoid draconian budget cuts

Gallagher led to $35 billion in residential property tax cuts. Now Colorado lawmakers want voters to repeal it.

A measure at the Capitol to put the question on the 2020 ballot appears fast-tracked for passage with bipartisan support

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