‘I’m so tired of the sweeps’: Denver clears out homeless encampment
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
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 […]
A special task force was asked to create eviction prevention policies. Will it only maintain the status quo?
Leanne Wheeler wasn’t surprised when she saw who Gov. Jared Polis appointed to be on his 10-person Special Eviction Prevention Task Force. “When I saw the list of characters, and looked at the bios of who was to be involved, I thought to myself, ‘This will just be a sanctioning of doing as little as […]
70,000 more Colorado households will be severely rent burdened in coming months, state estimates
An estimated 70,000 more Colorado households will be severely rent burdened — spending more than half of their income on housing costs — in the coming months as assistance programs wind down and savings accounts dry up, according to a state housing analyst. As of July, 165,567, or 22% of Colorado renters, were considered extremely […]
LIVE: Gov. Polis gives COVID-19 briefing at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25
Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response and economic recovery. The news briefing will be conducted from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Scroll down for a livestream of the COVID-19 briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. Polis is traveling to […]
LIVE: Gov. Polis gives COVID-19 briefing at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18
Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. The news briefing will be conducted at Front Range Community College in Westminster. Scroll down for a livestream of the COVID-19 briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. Polis is visiting Longmont, Lafayette, Broomfield, Westminster […]
Paid family leave program offers benefit to both employees and employers
During the pandemic, with so many families struggling with childcare, I am more grateful than ever for my role in helping children and families in our community. As the owner of a child care center, I feel a deep calling to help our children get off to a good start in life. When a child […]
Increased setbacks a ‘ban’ on drilling? A new study shows otherwise.
Roughly 90% of the oil and gas resources in Colorado’s top-producing county would remain accessible through modern drilling techniques under a 2,000-foot “setback” requirement proposed last week by state regulators, a new study projects. The results of the peer-reviewed study, conducted by three Colorado-based economists and published in a forthcoming issue of the scientific journal […]
Frustration mounts at independent venues as state permits Broncos’ stadium to seat 5,700
When Gov. Jared Polis announced on Sept. 8 that up to 5,700 people would be allowed to attend a late-September Denver Broncos football game at Empower Field at Mile High Stadium, Coloradans who ordinarily work to put on events at smaller venues watched in disbelief. “We were surprised, and frustrated, and angry … when we […]
Gov. Polis shifts tone from COVID-19 response to economic development, recovery
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has been shifting his tone at weekly and biweekly briefings on the state’s COVID-19 response: It’s less about the level of virus transmission, and more about economic development and recovery from the pandemic-era recession. “It’s really great to kind of see how our state is bouncing back from COVID,” Polis said […]
Paid family leave is good for workers and businesses
With Labor Day weekend behind us, it’s time for most of us to get back to work. But this November, Coloradans will get to decide if new parents can be paid to stay home. For most nations, the plethora of scientific evidence has already provided a resounding “yes” to paid family leave. Across multiple disciplines, […]
Have we forgotten the true meaning of Labor Day?
By Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University Labor Day is a U.S. national holiday held the first Monday every September. Unlike most U.S. holidays, it is a strange celebration without rituals, except for shopping and barbecuing. For most people it simply marks the last weekend of summer and the start of the school year. The holiday’s […]