Economy

Democrats risk losses in 2022 if they give up on paid leave, advocates say

BY: - December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — When paid family leave was briefly dropped from congressional Democrats’ massive social spending and climate bill earlier this fall, the outcry was swift. Women and caregivers suddenly were calling lawmakers and advocates, and they were sharing their own stories on social media in huge numbers, said Dawn Huckelbridge, director of Paid Leave for […]

COMMENTARY

None can truly do well unless all are doing well

BY: and - November 29, 2021

With the arrival of the holiday season, many of us will feel a generous impulse to donate a turkey or toy to a nonprofit serving people living in poverty. What if we do that — but also tackle the pervasive problem of inequity that drives that gesture? The holidays are a time for gathering with […]

New state agency puts Colorado’s belief in apprenticeships to work

BY: - November 26, 2021

Colorado is in the process of creating a State Apprenticeship Agency, a move that some say will expand opportunities for residents to gain valuable skills. The agency will give the state, rather than the federal government, the authority to register apprenticeship programs in Colorado as well as establish standards for these programs. Gov. Jared Polis […]

Biden opens oil reserve to relieve high gas prices—but it won’t be immediate

BY: - November 24, 2021

As gasoline prices spiral ahead of the big holiday travel season, President Joe Biden authorized the release of a record 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Tuesday — complicating his administration’s goal to transition to cleaner energy sources.   In prepared remarks, Biden said he coordinated the release from the reserve, a […]

Colorado voters to decide on another state income tax cut next November

BY: - November 18, 2021

For the second time in two years, a measure to reduce the state income tax rate gained enough signatures to land on Colorado’s ballot, the secretary of state’s office announced Thursday.  Colorado voters will decide in November 2022 whether to lower the income tax rate to 4.4% from 4.55%.  The measure, known as Initiative 31, […]

States, cities face deadline for proving how quickly they’ve helped renters in crisis

BY: - November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — States, cities and counties that excelled at distributing emergency federal aid to renters struggling during the pandemic may soon be rewarded — with yet more cash. Their new funding would be drawn from sluggish states and localities that didn’t move as swiftly to help people facing eviction and homelessness, who were targeted for […]

COMMENTARY

Coloradans understand that together we thrive

BY: and - November 12, 2021

Coloradans want exceptional public schools, thriving communities and the ability to earn a good living, regardless of where we live or the color of our skin. We know that when we all pitch in together, we can make Colorado a state with world-class schools, affordable health care, and the community services our families need. The […]

Biden announces that ‘Infrastructure Week has finally arrived’ during Port of Baltimore visit

BY: - November 11, 2021

A version of this story originally appeared in Maryland Matters.  As the sun began to set over the Port of Baltimore late Wednesday afternoon, President Joe Biden announced that, after many years of political impasse, “infrastructure week has finally arrived.” “Last week, we took a monumental step forward as a nation and we did something […]

Colorado announces $1.1 million effort to help people leaving prison find jobs

BY: - November 10, 2021

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced a $1.1 million initiative on Tuesday aimed at growing the number of employers who will hire formerly incarcerated people looking for work, an effort to increase public safety and reduce recidivism.  The grants to the Colorado Department of Corrections and community advocacy groups are meant to build a network […]

Easing of supply chain problems to start with backed-up seaports, White House says

BY: - November 9, 2021

The first seaport to improve its facilities following passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill could be in Savannah, Georgia, a senior Biden administration official said Tuesday. President Joe Biden has yet to sign the measure, which Congress sent to Biden’s desk late last week, funding improvements in highways, transit, ports, waterways, airports and other […]

How ultrawealthy politicians like Gov. Polis avoided paying taxes

BY: , and - November 4, 2021

This story was originally published by ProPublica. As a member of Congress, Jared Polis was one of the loudest Democrats demanding President Donald Trump release his tax returns. At a rally in Denver in 2017, he warned the crowd that Trump “might have something to hide.” That same year, on the floor of the House, […]

Agricultural rulemaking protest

Proposed pay rules for ag workers fail to fulfill law’s intent, legislators say

BY: - November 2, 2021

Colorado’s proposed rules on overtime pay for agricultural workers drew dozens of community advocates, farmers and ranchers to a contentious public hearing. Project Protect Food Systems Workers, the group that spearheaded efforts earlier this year to set the changes in motion, held a Día de los Muertos vigil outside the Denver offices of the Colorado […]