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 By Marianne Goodland    News    April 14, 2021 

2021-22 budget heads to General Assembly; up $4 billion from this year

The 2021-22 State budget, as contained in Senate Bill 205, is on its way through the General Assembly. The State Senate last week had its first crack at the $34.1 billion budget, up by about $4 billion from the current year’s spending.  Much of... Full story

 

Senate Education Committee approves fining "Indian" schools

A bill to impose heavy fines on schools that use unapproved Indian mascots won approval on April 1 from the Senate Education Committee. Senate Bill 116 is sponsored by Senator Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, who is also the sponsor of the...

 

Legislative debates continue on conservation easement tax credits

The fragile peace between land trusts that hold conservation easements and landowners cheated out of State tax credits is teetering on the brink, after a second bill not authorized by a 2019 working committee surfaced in the State House....

 

Pelton's SB 79 passes Senate & ag committee; heads to House for debate

Representative Rod Pelton, R-Cheyenne Wells, is close to seeing his first bill of the 2021 session on its way to the Governor’s office, on allowing direct sales of meat to consumers. Senate Bill 79 will allow livestock producers to sell shares of...

 

Polis announces plans for $700 million State stimulus package

Governor Jared Polis, surrounded by legislative leaders from both parties, announced a $700 million stimulus package designed to help small business, agriculture and families recover from the economic effects of the pandemic and boost workforce...

 

Legislature continues decades-long work on conservation easements

The year 2020 had such promise for the hundreds of Coloradans, primarily farmers and ranchers, who hoped that this would be the year that the State would resolve the decades-long issue over denied tax credits for conservation easements. But concerns...

 

Sonnenberg's SB79 wins unanimous Senate approval on Feb. 22

Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, has an early victory in the resumed 2021 legislative session, with a bill on allowing consumers to buy a share of a livestock animal for meat directly from a producer. Senate Bill 79 won unanimous approval from...

 

Polis gives State of the State address; seeks to jump-start economy

Governor Jared Polis gave his third annual State of the State address on Feb. 18, touching on many of the same topics from previous years: health care, climate change and renewable energy and access to broadband. But the heart of his address to a...

 

Legislative session resumes; Pelton chosen House minority whip

State legislators resumed the 2021 session of the General Assembly Tuesday after a five-week break. While lawmakers weren’t at the Capitol, it didn’t mean they weren’t working: the Joint Budget Committee met throughout the break to work on...

 

General Assembly holds 3-day session Jan. 13-15

The Colorado General Assembly held an abbreviated start to its 2021 session, meeting for three days last week to work on time-sensitive legislation that can’t wait until Feb. 16. That’s when the session is expected to resume. Lawmakers recessed...

 

General Assembly passes eight bills in three-day special session

The Colorado General Assembly came back to the State Capitol last week for a three-day session in which they passed eight bills tied to COVID-19 relief, worth up to $336 million. The money comes from better-than-expected income tax revenues, revealed...

 
 By Marianne Goodland    News    July 1, 2020

Legslative session closes; 67 bills introduced in final 3 weeks

The 2020 legislature session that ended on June 15 was unlike any other and not in a good way. In the session’s final three weeks, 67 bills were introduced in the House and 20 in the Senate. The House’s list included 42 bills tied to the 2020-21...

 

State Fair Board appointments cause friction at State Capitol

Colorado’s agricultural center is the State’s Eastern Plains, where whence comes 84 percent of the State’s gross agricultural sales. The Colorado State Fair is among the biggest events every year that celebrates that agricultural impact. But yo...

 

Legislative session comes to a close; $621.4 million cut from K-12 education bringing budget stabilization factor to $1.18 billion

The abbreviated 2020 legislative session drew to a close on Monday, with a flurry of last-minute and substantial bills passed in the closing days. Those final days included approval of a law enforcement accountability bill, a measure tightening the S...

 

State Senate passes budget in Saturday afternoon session

The 2020-21 budget is nearing its conclusion, after the House approved the Long Appropriations Bill, House Bill 1360, on June 3. The Senate followed, passing the $30.3 billion budget on June 6, in a rare Saturday session. Both northeastern Colorado...

 

Hickenlooper defies subpoena last Monday; appears on day 2 following threat of contempt

Former Governor John Hickenlooper violated the State’s ethics law, Amendment 41, when he accepted travel and other expenses in two cases in 2018, according the State’s Independent Ethics Commission. Hickenlooper is a candidate for the United...

 
 By Marianne Goodland    News    June 3, 2020

General Assembly returns following 10-week COVID hiatus

The Colorado General Assembly returned after a 10-week hiatus to do the one thing they're required to do every year by the State Constitution: pass a balanced State budget. It got off to a somewhat...

 
 By Marianne Goodland    News    May 27, 2020

Legislature cuts $577 million from K-12 education

By Marianne Goodland Legislative reporter The legislature’s Joint Budget Committee wrapped up its efforts to balance the 2020-21 budget in the face of a $3.3 billion shortfall on May 22, with the last cut the largest of all: $577 million from K-12...

 
 By Marianne Goodland    News    May 20, 2020

Forecast predicts $3.3 billion shortfall in 2020-21 State budget

A forecast on how much the State has to spend — or doesn’t — rocked State lawmakers in the past week and showed that the 2020-21 State budget will be short some $3.3 billion. It’s the largest single-year drop in State revenues in history,...

 
 By Marianne Goodland    News    May 13, 2020

Economists slated to present updated revenue forecast; $2 billion to $3 billion expected to be cut from 2020-21 budget

This week, State economists will present an updated forecast on State revenues that are expected to result in major cuts to the State budget. The talk has been that the forecast will show the State short $2 billion to $3 billion for the 2020-21...

 
 By Marianne Goodland    News    May 6, 2020

General Assembly seeks to cut $2-$3 billion from 2020-21 budget

Monday, May 4 is the day offices could reopen for up to 50 percent of their workforce, according to the Safer at Home order issued by Governor Jared Polis a week prior. It’s also the day that budget writers for the Colorado General Assembly got to...

 

Colorado's revenue forecasts uncertain; culprits - oil & COVID

While the General Assembly paused the session for two weeks, due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, lawmakers are still working behind the scenes. That includes the budget writers of the Joint Budget Committee, which on March 16 got some bad news...

 

Colorado General Assembly shuts down amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Colorado General Assembly, after a wild week of news conferences and concerns over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19, has closed its doors for the next two weeks to protect public health. Lawmakers are tentatively scheduled to...

 

Legislature works on trailer park laws

In the coming week, House lawmakers are expected to debate and vote on the second of two bills that would add protections for homeowners in mobile home parks across Colorado. The first, House Bill 1201 allows mobile homeowners 90 days to purchase a...

 

Sens. Sonnenberg and Donovan asked to reduce cost of SB135

The long-awaited solution to the State’s troubled conservation easement program is itself in trouble, after concerns over its cost nearly derailed the bill on Feb. 27. Senate Bill 135, sponsored by Senators Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling and Kerry...

 

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