Economy

‘Anti-immigrant’ barriers to public benefits, state licenses would be removed under bill

BY: - April 19, 2021

After 2013’s devastating floods in Boulder County, now-state Sen. Sonya Jaquez Lewis learned how Colorado laws were hurting undocumented families. Legislation passed in 2006 made it illegal for the Boulder County Board of Health — where Jaquez Lewis served at the time — from providing assistance to families who couldn’t verify lawful presence in the U.S. One […]

White House aims sales pitch for infrastructure plan at the states

BY: - April 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s 7,540 miles of highway roads in poor condition. Florida’s $100 billion in damages over the last decade from extreme weather events. The 1 in 4 Idahoans with no access to broadband internet, and 1 in 2 living in areas with too-few licensed child care centers. In the next phase of President Joe […]

COMMENTARY

While the GOP carps about Biden’s infrastructure plan, voters already are saying ‘Yes, please’

BY: - April 9, 2021

This commentary first appeared in Newsline sister outlet the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Here’s a quiz for the Republican politicians among you, check as many as apply. Do you support: Repairing and rebuilding America’s deteriorating network of roads and bridges, including the interstate highway system brought to life by GOP President Dwight D. Eisenhower? Ensuring that every […]

Gov. Polis

Workforce training, sales tax relief, Water Plan funding among stimulus bills at state Capitol

BY: - April 7, 2021

Last month, Democratic Gov. Jared Polis and state lawmakers from both parties announced a $700 million plan to stimulate Colorado’s economy and “build back better” from the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the bills in the stimulus package — made possible by surplus income and sales tax revenue — are now under consideration at the state […]

Colorado lawmakers finalize $34.1 million proposed budget for next year

BY: - April 7, 2021

Colorado’s $34.1 billion proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 looks much healthier than lawmakers could have imagined a year ago, when the entire state was under coronavirus lockdown as infections surged. The budget package introduced Monday takes into account recent economic forecasts that painted an optimistic picture for the state’s general fund […]

Colorado weighs new bonding rules to address ‘orphaned’ oil and gas wells

BY: - April 5, 2021

Just before he departed as director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2018, Matt Lepore likened the potential threat of thousands of abandoned wells across the state to a “hurricane sitting offshore.” “You know it’s out there, and you know it’s coming ashore,” Lepore said at the time. “You just don’t know if […]

Durango’s COVID ‘cowboy’ rounds up spring break scofflaws, lines ’em up for shots

BY: - April 3, 2021

“Durango’s Covid ‘Cowboy’ Rounds Up Spring Break Scofflaws, Lines ’Em Up for Shots” originally appeared at khn.org. Bartenders were pouring Old-Fashioneds at a bar with a bullet hole straight through the wood. Servers in corsets and fishnet stockings roamed the room, passing an old piano that, twice a week, fills the building with ragtime tunes. […]

‘I want to see the plan’: Denver residents press city officials over inaction on homelessness

BY: - April 1, 2021

“Why does there seem to be more resources in our county jails or state prisons than there are out here?” “We can’t afford to do laundry for $7 a load. What can you do to help us with that?” “Why are officers taking people’s propane tanks away while they’re sleeping, saying that’s a public safety […]

Biden in Pittsburgh unveils $2T infrastructure package, which would create millions of jobs

BY: - March 31, 2021

A version of this story originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Unveiling what he called the boldest domestic spending package since the construction of America’s interstate highway system and the dawning of the space race, President Joe Biden returned to Pennsylvania on Wednesday, releasing the broad details of a $2 trillion infrastructure package that would […]

Biden pairs ‘down payment’ on climate crisis with rebuilding infrastructure

BY: - March 31, 2021

The sprawling $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs proposal President Joe Biden laid out Wednesday in Pennsylvania includes significant spending to address climate change, providing what conservationists say is an important “down payment” to address the crisis.  A 25-page outline calls for $10 billion for a Civilian Climate Corps, $16 billion for capping abandoned wells and […]

Biden to unveil $2T plan to rebuild infrastructure, create jobs, move to clean energy

BY: - March 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday in Pennsylvania will unveil a nearly $2 trillion infrastructure package to rebuild highways and bridges, along with funding programs for housing, broadband and schools and increasing U.S. manufacturing jobs over the next eight years, an administration official told reporters on Tuesday night. Alongside the expansive infrastructure plan, the […]

Colorado renters remain protected by federal eviction moratorium until at least the end of June

BY: - March 29, 2021

The Biden administration announced Monday that it is extending a federal eviction moratorium that aims to keep tenants who have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic in their homes. The ban, established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year, was scheduled to expire on Wednesday but now extends through the end […]