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Gov. Polis signs ‘the very best’ budget for 2021-22 in Colorado

BY: - May 17, 2021

The Colorado budget for 2021-22 is in the books. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis on Monday signed Senate Bill 21-205, also known as “the long bill,” which details a $34.1 billion budget for the state starting July 1, when the fiscal year begins. The main story of the budget is the extraordinary shift it made from […]

Moreno and Hansen

Colorado Legislature passes budget with extra cash for body cameras, gray wolves, special education

BY: - May 3, 2021

Though the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging in Colorado — despite increasing vaccination — and thousands remain unemployed, the immediate future looks bright for the state’s budget. The Colorado General Assembly finalized the $34.1 billion 2021-2022 budget on April 30, with last-minute additions for gray wolf reintroduction, short-term cash assistance and bullying prevention efforts. If […]

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 […]

Dominick Moreno

Colorado’s March revenue forecasts: Here are the big takeaways

BY: - March 26, 2021

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 […]

A pilot program to replace jail with mental health treatment was gaining traction last year. Then funding was cut.

BY: - March 1, 2021

After a young man experiencing homelessness damaged a parked car in 2020 in Durango while in the midst of a mental health crisis, police officers took him to jail before he was quickly released.  “He didn’t steal anything, he just started wrecking stuff because he was disoriented,” said Brian Miller, diversion coordinator for the 6th […]

First chance for members of the public to weigh in on 2021-22 Colorado budget

BY: - January 26, 2021

Members of the public are invited to comment before the Colorado Legislature’s most powerful committee about the most important annual bill. The Joint Budget Committee is in the process of developing the state budget plan for the 2021-22 fiscal year, and members of the public on Wednesday will have their first opportunity to weigh in […]

State employees to benefit in 2021 from new paid family and medical leave program

BY: - December 21, 2020

Colorado voters last month approved a wide-ranging paid family and medical leave program for workers. The program had been proposed in various forms among Colorado lawmakers and worker advocates for years, and success of the proposition was seen as a triumph for Colorado wage earners. Benefits from the new program, however, aren’t due to be […]

‘A lot of uncertainties’ remain as Colorado lawmakers craft state budget

BY: - November 12, 2020

New members of Colorado’s powerful Joint Budget Committee met for the first time Nov. 11, marking the start to what’s sure to be an especially arduous and complex process: designing the state budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, will helm the JBC following the Nov. 6 election of the former […]

Gov. Polis’ proposal kicks off Colorado budget process amid uncertainty over pandemic, federal aid

BY: - November 2, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday unveiled a $35.4 billion state budget proposal that he said would restore many of the most painful cuts made amid the fiscal crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year. But with the virus surging again and a pivotal election about to determine the balance of power in Washington, […]