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Largest jump in Colorado overdose deaths in more than 20 years, data show

BY: - July 15, 2021

Fatal drug overdose deaths increased approximately 38% in Colorado from 2019 to 2020, according to preliminary federal data from the National Vital Statistics System. That’s the largest year-over-year increase in Colorado overdose deaths since at least 2000, and is worse than the U.S. average. The nation as a whole experienced a 29% increase in overdose […]

Colorado law boosts utility bill payment assistance for low-income households

BY: - July 15, 2021

A new Colorado law boosts funding for utility bill payment assistance for low-income residents by establishing small monthly fees on electricity and gas customers. “Families across Colorado are struggling to keep the lights on, and our current utility assistance system is not funded well enough to help every family in need,” Rep. Chris Kennedy, a […]

USPS inspector general investigation targets Baltimore mail delays, as probe expands nationally

BY: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Baltimore has seen some of the worst delays of the U.S. Postal Service’s national delivery woes, and the Office of Inspector General is taking a deeper look at why the city’s mail service has been particularly sluggish. During a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday on the Postal Service’s annual budget and the agency’s delivery issues, […]

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$30M in federal COVID relief to support Colorado seniors, domestic violence survivors

BY: - July 14, 2021

Two new Colorado laws will put $30 million from the latest coronavirus relief package passed by Congress toward support for Colorado seniors and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The state of Colorado received a total of $3.9 billion from the March COVID relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA. […]

Colorado housing experts finalize formal recommendations for alleviating state’s affordable housing crisis

BY: - July 14, 2021

A coalition of housing experts across Colorado has finalized formal recommendations for how the state can alleviate its affordable housing crisis. The Strategic Housing Working Group, convened by the state’s Department of Local Affairs in the fall, presented its final recommendations to Colorado’s State Housing Board during a public meeting on July 13. Next, the […]

Miller-Meeks and Gallego lead bipartisan push to expand veterans’ free access to national parks

BY: - July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa testified Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee hearing in support of bipartisan legislation that would give veterans and Gold Star families free lifetime access to national parks and public federal lands.  “No one is more worthy of experiencing open access to the incredible places that these […]

Anti-poverty advocates urge Congress to act on voting rights, minimum wage, filibuster

BY: - July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Poor People’s Campaign announced on Monday the beginning of a weeks-long push calling on Congress to end the Senate filibuster and pass voting rights legislation. The anti-poverty campaign, “A Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action,” will run each Monday until Aug. 2. Advocates are urging Congress to enact the sweeping For the […]

New Colorado law tackles insulin prices

BY: - July 10, 2021

People with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes need prescription insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels. Without access to the medication, diabetes can prove fatal. But rising costs of insulin make the life-saving medication difficult or impossible to obtain for many people, even those with public or private health insurance. Colorado lawmakers, who’ve worked […]

In milestone, Polis ends health emergency executive orders, issues new one

BY: - July 9, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday, citing the success of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, announced that he had ended health emergency executive orders related to COVID-19. Polis first declared a disaster emergency, a power granted to the governor by the Colorado Disaster Emergency Act, on March 10, 2020, and he has since issued […]

Biden administration defends COVID ‘surge response teams’

BY: - July 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s key COVID-19 advisers on Thursday defended the administration’s strategies for boosting vaccinations in the states, after Missouri’s governor said federal door-to-door outreach efforts are not welcome there. Top Biden adviser Jeff Zients said anyone mischaracterizing the administration’s attempts is “doing a disservice to the country.” Missouri Gov. Mike Parson voiced […]

VP Harris says DNC will pour $25M into voting rights protection

BY: - July 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris announced Thursday that the Democratic National Committee will spend $25 million to protect voting rights, in response to a wave of laws pushed by Republican lawmakers in state legislatures that would restrict voting access. The move comes after Democrats have been stymied in their attempts to enact a national […]

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Colorado would receive $50 million in proposed settlement with Purdue Pharma, Sackler family

BY: - July 8, 2021

Under the terms of a multibillion-dollar proposed settlement with multiple states, pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma and the family that owns it would pay Colorado $50 million to combat the opioid crisis. Former Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, first sued Purdue Pharma in 2018 over allegations the company employed deceptive marketing practices to sell […]