Economy

Disaster firm hired to help Colorado process massive backlog of rental assistance requests brings in more hands

BY: - March 10, 2021

Colorado’s Division of Housing is trying to dig its way out of a massive backlog of rental assistance requests, which flooded its system throughout December, January and February — and they are hiring more people to do so.  In January, Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs, where the housing division resides, hired disaster response firm Horne […]

Unions rally outside Sen. Hickenlooper’s office, demand minimum wage hike

BY: - March 3, 2021

“What do we want?” Yuliana Guerrero shouted through a megaphone to the crowd gathered outside Sen. John Hickenlooper’s Denver office. The crowd’s response came in both English and Spanish: “Fifteen dollars!” “When do we want it?” Guerrero asked. “Now!” Guerrero, a Denver janitor and member of Service Employees International Union Local 105, was one of […]

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Transportation battle looms at Colorado Capitol

BY: - February 26, 2021

This year, Colorado lawmakers hope to avoid another dead end on transportation — but the road ahead looks bumpy.

Denver approves first funding for safe outdoor spaces for people experiencing homelessness

BY: - February 17, 2021

In July, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced he would allow people to live outdoors and promised that several temporary sanctioned camp sites would be established throughout the city. Now, eight months later, one nonprofit is getting the financial support to do so. Denver City Council on Tuesday awarded a nearly $900,000 contract to Colorado Village […]

Sen. Bennet reintroduces ‘Medicare-X’ bill to create public option for health insurance

BY: - February 17, 2021

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet on Wednesday unveiled the latest version of his “Medicare-X” proposal, which aims to increase competition and affordability on state health insurance exchanges by establishing a public option for coverage. “Medicare-X is the best way to cover everyone, reduce health costs, and improve the quality of health insurance for all Americans, including […]

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Single-use plastic bags and foam takeout containers would be banned under Colorado bill

BY: - February 12, 2021

A group of Colorado Democrats and environmental advocates hope 2021 will be the year they can pass a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags and foam containers. Reps. Lisa Cutter of Dakota Ridge and Alex Valdez of Denver, both Democrats, plan to sponsor the legislation in the Colorado General Assembly this year. A draft of […]

More unrelated people allowed to live under the same roof with Denver City Council zoning change

BY: - February 10, 2021

It’s been a long road for Denver to allow more than two unrelated people to legally live under the same roof.  After nearly three years of discussion, the change finally came on Monday when Denver City Council voted to overhaul the city’s zoning code to allow five unrelated people to live in the same household. […]

Judge rules Fort Collins violated man’s constitutional rights when it prosecuted him for sleeping in his car

BY: - February 9, 2021

A Colorado district judge ruled on Thursday that the city of Fort Collins violated the U.S. Constitution when it prosecuted a man for sleeping in his vehicle when he was not able to stay in a homeless shelter. Adam Wiemold, a Fort Collins resident, was charged in September 2018 for violating the city’s “camping on […]

Next phase of expanded unemployment benefits begins in Colorado on Feb. 22

BY: - February 8, 2021

Tens of thousands of out-of-work Coloradans whose federal unemployment benefits expired before Congress passed a last-minute extension in December will begin receiving payments again the week of Feb. 22, state officials announced Sunday. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said that “Phase 2” of the rollout of extended unemployment benefits authorized by the Continued […]

Sen. Bennet unveils ‘climate resilience’ framework developed by Colorado officials, advocates

BY: - February 5, 2021

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet on Friday unveiled a policy framework developed by Colorado leaders that he said will inform congressional efforts to help Western communities adapt to increased risks of drought, wildfire and other hazards posed by climate change. Bennet’s “Western Climate Resilience Roundtable,” a group of more than a dozen local officials and advocates […]

Denver gives initial approval for $1.1 million for low-income eviction legal defense fund

BY: - February 3, 2021

A potential infusion of cash pending approval from Denver City Council would allow more low-income renters in Denver who are facing potential eviction to access free legal advice and representation. A Denver City Council committee on Wednesday gave the first approval for a three-year, $1.1 million contract between the city’s Department of Housing Stability and Colorado […]

Colorado Democrats reintroduce CORE Act into a friendlier Congress

BY: - February 3, 2021

Local officials from the Western Slope joined members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Tuesday to launch their latest effort to enact a major package of public lands legislation, amid renewed hopes for its passage in a Democratic-controlled Senate. Democrats Rep. Joe Neguse of Lafayette and Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper announced that they will […]