Biden to unveil $2T plan to rebuild infrastructure, create jobs, move to clean energy
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
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 […]
Colorado’s jail population plummeted due to temporary pandemic changes. Some could become law.
When Elisabeth Epps, co-founder of Colorado Freedom Fund, talks about abolishing cash bond — the amount of money someone has to pay in order to get out of jail while awaiting court — she’s explicit. “Can someone tell me who this handsome, happy, smiling man is?” Epps asked a group gathered online for a court […]
Colorado’s March revenue forecasts: Here are the big takeaways
Colorado lawmakers have a lot more money to work with than they thought last spring, according to the March 2021 forecasts from Legislative Council Staff and the governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting. Last year, legislators on the Joint Budget Committee anticipated a budget shortfall of $3.3 billion for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which […]
Louisiana’s Shalanda Young confirmed as OMB deputy
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Shalanda Young of Louisiana to serve as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget in a 63-37 vote. House Democratic leaders including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), have pushed for President Joe […]
Colorado ranks near bottom in availability of affordable housing for lowest-income renters
While no state has a sufficient number of affordable housing units available for extremely low-income households, Colorado is particularly bad. Nationally, Colorado ranks 42nd for having the lowest number of available affordable housing units for low-income households that live below the poverty level or are forced to spend more than 30% of their income on […]
Polis, state lawmakers ask Coloradans: What’s best use of stimulus money?
Besides $1,400 stimulus payments for many Americans, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan includes an extension of expanded unemployment benefits, funding for COVID-19 testing and vaccines, and aid for school districts. It also features an extra $4.1 billion for lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly to allocate through the state budget. Gov. Jared Polis, Treasurer […]
Affordable housing measure years in the making gets initial OK from Colorado lawmakers
A Colorado bill aimed at promoting affordable housing through a legal clarification, an effort that’s been in the making for years, earned initial approval from House lawmakers March 18. House Bill 21-1117, sponsored by Denver Democratic Reps. Susan Lontine and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, would let cities and counties require new rental developments to include some affordable […]
Colorado Legal Services to host COVID-19 eviction prevention workshop on March 25
Colorado Legal Services, which provides eligible low-income Coloradans free legal advice and representation, is hosting a COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Legal Workshop on Thursday, March 25, at 6 p.m. Spanish interpretation is available. CLS also offers free legal clinics throughout the state. Participants can register for the workshop online. It is unclear if a federal eviction […]
Agricultural workers would be able to form unions, earn minimum wage under Colorado bill
In the San Luis Valley — where Luis Murillo works as a regional organizer for a COVID-19 response network — potatoes, mushrooms, lettuce, carrots and canola fuel the economy, sustaining agricultural businesses and hundreds of farm workers. Murillo oversees a group of 16 health equity workers, known as promotoras and promotores, from communities across the […]
Colorado’s laws historically have favored landlords over tenants. A bill at the Capitol could balance the scales.
Any time Cesiah Guadarrama Trejo’s phone rings early in the morning or late into the night, she knows it isn’t good. The calls to Guadarrama Trejo, who is associate state director for the working women’s advocacy group 9to5 Colorado, are almost always from panicked renters or mobile-home owners who are facing eviction or at risk of […]
Charting COVID-19’s unequal impact on Colorado workers, one year later
It’s been one year since Gov. Jared Polis’ public health order shuttering bars, restaurants and entertainment venues went into effect across Colorado, beginning the state’s longest and most restrictive period of economic shutdowns, caused by the coronavirus. It would still be weeks before Congress passed key relief measures like supplemental unemployment benefits and the Paycheck […]