Economy

COMMENTARY

Universal broadband isn’t just an infrastructure challenge. It’s also about adoption.

BY: - July 15, 2021

Here in the Denver metroplex, almost every neighborhood has broadband available at their doorsteps. The vast majority of households can choose between three or more providers. While 13% of rural Coloradans lack broadband access, according to the Colorado Broadband Office, here are on the Front Range our digital divide is a challenge of broadband adoption, […]

Hancock meets with Biden on infrastructure package

BY: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met with a group of governors and mayors on Wednesday as he seeks to build support for a massive federal infrastructure package awaiting action from Congress. The local officials joining Biden in the Oval Office included Mayor Michael Hancock, of Denver, as well as Mayors Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio […]

Homeless advocates protest city’s camping ban during MLB All-Star Game

BY: - July 14, 2021

As baseball fans flocked to Denver on Tuesday for the MLB All-Star game, a crowd of homeless advocates and people experiencing homelessness gathered at a nearby park to protest the city’s continuous clearing of homeless encampments. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has denied that the city’s recent increase in homeless sweeps are related to the historic […]

Colorado housing experts finalize formal recommendations for alleviating state’s affordable housing crisis

BY: - July 14, 2021

A coalition of housing experts across Colorado has finalized formal recommendations for how the state can alleviate its affordable housing crisis. The Strategic Housing Working Group, convened by the state’s Department of Local Affairs in the fall, presented its final recommendations to Colorado’s State Housing Board during a public meeting on July 13. Next, the […]

More than 30 states join lawsuit accusing Google of anti-competitive practices

BY: - July 8, 2021

Colorado is among 36 states suing Google over allegations the tech firm is operating a monopoly with its app store and Google Billing. States such as Minnesota, Missouri, Minnesota and South Dakota also are involved with the lawsuit, Utah v. Google. The states claim Google paid off competitors and used contracts to create a monopoly for its app […]

White House says executive order coming on labeling beef as a ‘Product of USA’

BY: - July 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House will unveil an executive order in the coming days that directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to clarify that meat can only receive a “Product of USA” label if that livestock is raised in the U.S. rather than abroad, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday afternoon.  “The EO directs […]

‘We all have to do better’: White House urges locals to boost eviction diversion programs

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — With a national moratorium on evictions set to expire at the end of next month and delays in federal assistance for struggling renters, the Biden administration says it wants to help state and local officials aid Americans on the brink of eviction. To that end, the administration on Wednesday highlighted efforts in Michigan and […]

Six months after Congress passed COVID relief, shuttered venues still await payouts

BY: - June 29, 2021

As part of the coronavirus relief package passed in December 2020, Congress directed $16 billion in grant funding to the concert halls and theaters that were forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, or SVOG, program was meant as an answer to pleas from artists and business owners nationwide, who […]

Have thoughts about Denver’s approach to homelessness? Come to this meeting.

BY: - June 28, 2021

Denver city housing officials are hosting community meeting on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the outdoor Greek Theatre in Civic Center Park to discuss the city’s approach to tackling its growing homelessness crisis. The goal of the meeting is to solicit feedback from residents about current city programs for people experiencing homelessness; […]

SB-87 bill signing

Polis signs bill giving agricultural workers new protections

BY: - June 25, 2021

Advocates for Colorado’s agricultural workers rejoiced Friday as Gov. Jared Polis signed sweeping legislation that grants those workers new rights. Senate Bill 21-87 extends many of the same worker protections that already exist for other industries to agriculture. “SB87 will only strengthen our local food system and local immigrant communities,” Nayda Benitez, an organizer with […]

Biden and bipartisan senators clinch a deal on $1.2T infrastructure plan

BY: - June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators said Thursday they’ve struck a deal on the outlines of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, marking a breakthrough on federal dollars for road and bridge projects after weeks of negotiations — but with significant hurdles still ahead. President Joe Biden stood with the […]

COMMENTARY

Biden’s American Jobs Plan invests in infrastructure and workers while putting us on a path to meet our climate goals

BY: and - June 25, 2021

After a year of COVID-19, Coloradans are starting to see hopes of things going back to normal. But in its wake, the pandemic has caused too much loss — we’ve lost loved ones, closed down businesses, and upended our day-to-day routines. Now, one of the biggest challenges we face in Colorado is also one of […]