Economy

Housing costs top list of Colorado voters’ concerns, poll finds

BY: - May 24, 2022

Growing concerns among Coloradans about the high cost of living are being driven in large part by worries over rising housing costs, a poll released Monday by the Colorado Health Foundation found. Nearly a third of Coloradans fear they could lose their homes in the next year because they can’t afford rent or mortgage payments, […]

Colorado House

What Colorado lawmakers passed, amended, killed in legislative session’s final days

BY: - May 12, 2022

The volume of legislation left to debate, amend and vote on in the final days of the 2022 legislative session made for plenty of high tempers, late nights and frayed nerves. Republican stall tactics left some legislative leaders wondering if the number of bills left on the table would require a special session to tie […]

COMMENTARY

How corporate Colorado held public schools hostage

BY: - May 12, 2022

One of the biggest stories out of the Colorado General Assembly this year emerged late in the session as a group of corporate executives threw its weight around. They wanted to keep more of their money, and who can blame them for that. But the episode revealed that policy makers are in thrall to a […]

Sens. Rankin and Hansen

Legislature approves property tax cuts for 2023 and 2024, sending bill to governor

BY: - May 10, 2022

Colorado state representatives approved legislation to temporarily cut property taxes, voting unanimously Friday to send the bill to the governor’s desk. Senate Bill 22-238 would temporarily reduce residential and commercial property tax assessment rates, providing $700 million in savings over two years for Colorado homeowners and businesses. Lawmakers and Gov. Jared Polis, who first announced […]

Is Colorado’s housing market ready for crypto transactions?

BY: - May 9, 2022

The owners of a pair of homes listed for sale in Colorado are asking for cryptocurrency in exchange for the properties, which raises the question about whether Colorado’s housing market is ready to embrace such transactions. One of the properties is a nearly 7,000-square-foot penthouse located at 2245 Blake St. in downtown Denver that is […]

Bernie Sanders at U.S. Senate hearing rips Amazon over union opposition

BY: - May 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took Amazon to task Thursday at a congressional hearing, bashing the online giant’s leadership for fighting union drives and questioning whether the federal government should continue contracting with the multibillion-dollar company.  Amazon executives didn’t attend the hearing but U.S. senators did hear from labor unions and the U.S. Government […]

Jared Polis

$700M property tax relief package unveiled by Gov. Polis, state lawmakers

BY: - May 3, 2022

Gov. Jared Polis joined a group of state lawmakers to unveil a much-anticipated, last-minute proposal to provide temporary property tax relief for Colorado homeowners. The legislation announced Monday would provide $700 million of relief over two years as Colorado homeowners prepare to see their property tax bills grow significantly. According to a recent analysis by […]

As coal burning goes away in Colorado, money for coal workers goes up

BY: - April 30, 2022

Lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly are poised to pass another round of funding for the state’s efforts to ensure a “just transition” for coal workers impacted by the shift to clean energy — and are again winning bipartisan support for the workforce and community grant programs that Republicans once decried as “Orwellian,” “egregious” and “offensive.” […]

EPA issues waiver for sales of 15 percent ethanol blend during summer driving season

BY: - April 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The EPA issued a fuel waiver Friday afternoon to allow for a heightened ethanol gasoline blend to be sold at service stations this summer, an attempt by the Biden administration to lower soaring fuel prices.  In a letter to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, EPA administrator Michael S. Regan wrote that the waiver will […]

Democratic leaders in Congress want more power for regulators over high gasoline prices

BY: - April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders in Congress critical of soaring gasoline prices say they will push legislation to allow the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to go after oil companies that engage in price gouging in times of crisis.  “Big oil has profited in this (and) has exploited the market,” House Speaker Nancy […]

Jared Polis

$400 refunds to go to Colorado taxpayers this summer, state leaders announce

BY: - April 25, 2022

Democratic state lawmakers plan to send $400 checks to Colorado taxpayers this summer, Gov. Jared Polis announced at a Monday news conference. The refunds — which are required under the Colorado Constitution, but normally go out in different ways — will lighten the burden of crushing inflation, state leaders said. The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood consumer price index, which accounts […]

COMMENTARY
Colorado Capitol

Finally, Colorado makes historic investments in resolving homelessness

BY: - April 22, 2022

There’s excitement for advocates like me who are focused on resolving and preventing homelessness for the far too many Coloradans forced to experience it. First, the state House overwhelmingly passed on a bipartisan vote of 54-8 House Bill 22-1083, which provides an expansion to a tax credit program to nonprofit providers who create programs and […]