Economy

Activists celebrate passage of Denver sales tax to fund climate action

BY: - November 6, 2020

Denver climate-change activists are celebrating after a two-year campaign to boost funding for the city’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ended in victory Tuesday night, as voters approved a ballot measure imposing a 0.25% sales tax hike to fund a new climate-action office. With the vast majority of Denver’s votes counted, unofficial results show […]

Colorado unemployment claims tick up again amid COVID-19 spike

BY: - November 5, 2020

First-time unemployment filings in Colorado have reached their highest level in three months and remain above the levels seen in all but the worst weeks of the 2009-10 recession, state officials reported Thursday. Initial claims for regular unemployment insurance for the week ending Oct. 31 totaled 7,116, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said […]

Gov. Polis’ proposal kicks off Colorado budget process amid uncertainty over pandemic, federal aid

BY: - November 2, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday unveiled a $35.4 billion state budget proposal that he said would restore many of the most painful cuts made amid the fiscal crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year. But with the virus surging again and a pivotal election about to determine the balance of power in Washington, […]

Gov. Polis orders one-time $375 stimulus payments to 435,000 Colorado workers

BY: - October 28, 2020

An estimated 435,000 Coloradans will receive a one-time direct payment of $375 in early December under an economic stimulus program announced by Gov. Jared Polis and state lawmakers on Wednesday. “I am taking swift action in close consultation with legislative leadership and members of the JBC to direct immediate payments to people whose lives and […]

Denver accepts applications for its fourth round of nonprofit emergency relief grants

BY: - October 28, 2020

The city and county of Denver is accepting applications for its fourth round of grants from the city’s Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund. Applications will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 13 at 12 a.m. Nonprofits serving the Denver community that are experiencing financial hardship due to increased demand, decreased income or the creation of new services […]

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

Restrictions tighten for Denver, Adams counties following increase in COVID-19 cases

BY: - October 27, 2020

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced Oct. 27 that the city and county would enter a more restrictive level of the state’s COVID-19 dial system following a weeks-long increase in cases and a rising percentage of tests coming back positive. “We will work to implement this state order in the best way we can to protect […]

Jared Polis ranked among top 10 governors by conservative-leaning organization

BY: - October 23, 2020

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis was the only Democrat ranked among the country’s top 10 governors by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative-leaning organization that advocates for limited government, free-market capitalism and states’ independence. Polis came in No. 9 in ALEC’s ranking, after Gov. Eric Holcomb of Indiana and before Gov. Chris Sununu of New […]

Statewide eviction moratorium ordered by Gov. Polis

BY: - October 21, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday issued an executive order establishing a 30-day statewide eviction moratorium after months of pressure from housing advocates and in response to recommendations put forth by his own Special Eviction Prevention Task Force. The order reaffirms and clarifies a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eviction moratorium. The state had previously […]

Polis issues rental late fee ban through 2020; statewide eviction moratorium still pending

BY: - October 16, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday announced an executive order banning forthcoming and accumulated late fees for Colorado renters through the end of the year in light of recommendations put forth by a state eviction prevention task force. The 10-person Special Eviction Prevention Task Force convened four times in September and October to establish short-term and […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives briefing on COVID-19, restaurants at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13

BY: - October 13, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response and the restaurant industry. The news briefing will be conducted from the Governor’s Mansion in Denver. Scroll down for a livestream of the COVID-19 briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. During the briefing, Polis […]

‘I’m so tired of the sweeps’: Denver clears out homeless encampment

BY: - October 6, 2020

Denver residents Sophie Elias and her husband have lived in a tent at the corner of 14th Avenue and Logan Street for the past month and a half. They got married last month and moved to the area after the homeless encampment in front of Morey Middle School was dispersed in early August.  On Tuesday […]

Federal eviction moratorium complicates student homelessness prevention program

BY: - October 5, 2020

A newly expanded homelessness prevention program out of Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs aims to give a handful of school districts the ability to provide direct financial assistance to families experiencing housing instability. But despite the funds becoming available Oct. 1, state housing officials and their nonprofit partners are still scrambling to figure out how […]