Colorado ranked 9th in U.S. for gap between renters’ income and housing cost
Workers earning minimum wage in Colorado — many of whom have served as essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic — need to work a total of 71 hours per week to afford a fair market, one-bedroom rental home, according to a national study published on Tuesday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a research […]
Gov. Polis signs bill that bans housing discrimination based on source of income
Gov. Jared Polis signed into law on Tuesday afternoon a bill that bans housing discrimination based on a tenant’s source of income. Under the new state law, House Bill 20-1332, landlords are prohibited from refusing to rent or lease an apartment based on a person’s source of income or if the individual uses housing subsidies […]
Gov. Polis extends order requiring 30-day eviction warning
Gov. Jared Polis has extended an executive order requiring Colorado landlords to give tenants a 30-day warning before initiating eviction proceedings for nonpayment of rent, as advocates continue to call for stronger action to prevent a looming eviction crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “To be Safer at Home, Coloradans impacted financially by COVID-19 must […]
More abandoned oil and gas wells likely in Colorado — but how many?
At some point in the next few weeks, PetroShare Corp., an Englewood-based oil and gas producer that has operated in Colorado since its founding in 2012, will legally cease to exist. Under a bankruptcy plan approved in May, its assets, which include 80 producing or shut-in wells scattered across Weld, Adams and Arapahoe counties, will […]
U.S. Supreme Court hands victories to religious employers in health care, employment
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives. Reproductive rights advocates say the ruling potentially affects hundreds of thousands of […]
Oil and gas, real estate and law firms top list of Colorado PPP loan recipients
More than 104,000 Colorado businesses received between a total $7.9 billion and $14.9 billion in emergency funds from the Paycheck Protection Program, the Small Business Administration lending initiative authorized by Congress earlier this year to help employers cope with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released by the SBA this week. […]
Pipeline projects suffer setbacks across the country. Is Jordan Cove next?
It hasn’t been a good few days for companies in the oil and gas pipeline business. The Dakota Access Pipeline, which famously sparked protests at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation during its construction in 2016, will be temporarily shut down and emptied of oil after a federal judge on July 6 ordered regulators to conduct […]
How can we be ‘safer at home’ without a home?
When I was 15 years old, my mom, my brother and I came home in Arizona to find an eviction notice on the door. If you receive an eviction notice, you’re entitled to a court hearing, but we didn’t know this at the time. We packed what we could, including our two dogs, into our […]
Police spending accounts for about a third of budget in Colorado’s biggest cities
When Vanessa Wilson, interim chief of the Aurora Police Department, addressed a special meeting of the Aurora City Council convened on June 30 to discuss her department’s response to recent protests, she began by making a comment that surely echoed the thoughts of many residents in the sprawling suburb of 379,000. “I never thought it […]
House Dems pass massive infrastructure bill; GOP calls it ‘nonsense’
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House cleared a massive $1.5 trillion package Wednesday that backers said would not only shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure but also create jobs at a time of widespread unemployment, protect the planet from a warming climate and narrow long-standing racial disparities. The bill takes “bold, broad and transformational action to rebuild our infrastructure […]
Relief money flows to Colorado’s oil and gas industry as global emissions rise
Last month, as federal officials continued to expand their historic efforts to rescue American businesses from the economic chaos caused by the spread of COVID-19, Denver-based Extraction Oil & Gas announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy — and no one was less surprised than veteran environmental activist Phil Doe. “We predicted it a […]
Organizers plan Capitol event and call on Gov. Polis to ‘cancel rent’
Organizers with the Denver Democratic Socialists of America and other advocates plan an event at the Colorado Capitol lawn to highlight the risk of eviction for thousands of Colorado renters and to call on Gov. Jared Polis to take action. “We’ll be setting up tents and banners across the Capitol lawn, calling on the governor […]