Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

Reporter Chase Woodruff covers the environment, the economy and other stories for Colorado Newsline.

Colorado unemployment rate remained at 6.4% in April as state launches back-to-work incentive

By: - May 21, 2021

For the second month in a row, Colorado’s unemployment rate stayed flat at 6.4%, down from a high of over 12% in the worst months of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the April figure was still more than double the state’s average monthly jobless rate in 2019. The number of individuals employed in Colorado climbed by […]

Bill that would improve air-pollution monitoring at Suncor refinery passed by House

By: - May 20, 2021

The Colorado House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill aimed at better monitoring toxic air pollution emitted by facilities like Commerce City’s Suncor oil refinery, advancing the legislation to the state Senate. Democrats in the lower chamber passed House Bill 21-1189 on a 40-23, party-line vote. The legislation would require facilities that meet emissions […]

COVID-19 vaccine

As more young people are hospitalized, Gov. Polis urges Coloradans of all ages to get vaccine

By: - May 20, 2021

As Colorado begins to administer the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to children aged 12 to 15 following an expanded emergency-use authorization from the federal government last week, state officials are emphasizing that while COVID-19 has hit older Americans hardest, the risks to children are real. “It’s important to remember that some children and adolescents can get […]

$150 million for Colorado transportation projects requested by Democratic House members

By: - May 20, 2021

Colorado’s four Democratic congressional representatives have requested more than $150 million in earmarks for more than two dozen transportation projects in their districts, concentrated in and around the Denver metro area, for the 2022 fiscal year. The 25 “member designated projects” are among the first batch of earmarks requested by members of Congress in a […]

Steve Fenberg and Bob Rankin

Senate passes $5.3B transportation package backed by local governments, business groups

By: - May 18, 2021

The Colorado Senate on Monday gave final approval to a $5.3 billion transportation-funding package, sending the bill to the state House of Representatives and bringing lawmakers one step closer to achieving a long-sought-after agreement to fund a backlog of infrastructure needs. “We see it every day in our roads and bridges that are falling apart, […]

Hundreds rally in support of Palestinians at Colorado Capitol

By: - May 15, 2021

Hundreds of people rallied and marched in Denver on Friday to show their support for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank and harshly condemn the actions of Israel and the United States as violence in the region continued to escalate. “We feel this anger in our bones,” said state Rep. Iman Jodeh, a Democrat […]

Frustration mounts over Polis’ climate bill veto threat as supporters rally at Capitol

By: - May 14, 2021

As roughly a hundred environmental activists joined Democratic lawmakers on the lawn of the Colorado Capitol on Thursday to rally in support of a major piece of climate change legislation, there was a feeling of exasperation in the air. “This shouldn’t be this hard,” said state Sen. Faith Winter, a Democrat from Thornton and lead […]

Boebert backs Cheney’s removal from GOP leadership, with Buck opposed

By: - May 12, 2021

In a closed-door vote by Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney was removed from her GOP caucus leadership post following her criticism of former President Donald Trump, and one Colorado Republican publicly cheered the move. “Liz Cheney is the GOP of the past,” Rep. Lauren Boebert, who […]

Colorado Democrats propose $375 million ‘tax fairness’ overhaul

By: - May 11, 2021

Colorado Democrats on Monday introduced a package of tax reforms that would offer more benefits to lower-income families and small businesses while limiting or eliminating some tax breaks for wealthier individuals and corporations. Together, House Bills 21-1311 and 21-1312 propose one of the most significant overhauls of Colorado’s tax code in decades. It’s the second […]

CU President Mark Kennedy announces plans to step down

By: - May 10, 2021

University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy will step down from his post in the “near future,” he announced Monday. “The Board of Regents and I have entered into discussions about an orderly transition of the presidency of the university in the near future,” Kennedy said in a statement. “The board has a new makeup this […]

Republicans called Colorado’s just-transition office for coal workers ‘Orwellian.’ Now they want to boost its funding.

By: - May 10, 2021

In May 2019, as Democrats in the Colorado General Assembly advanced a bill launching the state’s efforts to ensure a “just transition” for coal workers impacted by the shift to clean energy, Republicans were incensed. In a tense, late-night floor debate over House Bill 19-1314, which created a new Office of Just Transition in the […]

Lawmakers ask Colorado Supreme Court to review redistricting fix

By: - May 5, 2021

Colorado lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bipartisan resolution sending a formal “interrogatory” request to the Colorado Supreme Court, asking it to rule on the constitutionality of a bill that aims to address problems caused by U.S. Census Bureau delays that have thrown a wrench in the state’s once-a-decade redistricting process. House Joint Resolution 21-1008, co-sponsored […]