Marianne Goodland

$100 million under SB 1 will aid education

…but it’s only a beginning
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado isn’t likely to climb much out of the cellar in nationwide rankings of per-student funding for higher education anytime soon, but a $100 million investment from the General Assembly should be a good start.

Voters may get to weigh in on ag animal issues

The Colorado Statesman

Animal rights activists who want voters to ban certain livestock procedures may have to contend with a bill at the state capitol that could rein in some of their tactics.

Getting down to business at this year’s legislature

The Colorado Statesman

Affordable housing, workers’ compensation, construction defect law, oil and gas regulations, and business personal property tax relief are on the minds of business people who heard from legislative leaders Jan. 7.

The business legislative preview breakfast gave lawmakers an opportunity to discuss their legislative agendas and some of the business bills that could show up during the 2014 session. The Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Competitive Council hosted the morning event, held at the History Colorado Center.

Businesses brace for workers’ comp bill in 2014 session

Bill sponsor Rep.Williams says second draft already in the works
The Colorado Statesman

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct a mistake in the earlier version. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment was not interviewed for this story and has not taken a position on this proposed legislation as initially indicated. The Colorado Statesman apologizes for the error and to the CDLE.

Colorado business leaders will keep a watchful eye on the 2014 session that starts Jan. 8. Topping the watch list: a proposed bill on workers’ compensation that some business groups believe could be bad for business. Bill supporters say it will restore balance to a system that has for too long favored employers over employees.

New Mexico Guv Martinez says ‘dysfunctional’ federal government ends up hurting the states

The Colorado Statesman

One of the rising stars in the Republican Party swung through Denver this week, touting her recent successes reining in taxes and promoting business interests in her state.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez spoke Wednesday to an audience of about 400 at the annual luncheon meeting of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, held at the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center.

Former U.S. Sen. Lieberman joins Coloradans in 9-11 remembrance

The Colorado Statesman

Although 12 years have now passed since the 9/11 attacks, the resolve by Coloradans to never forget should not wane. In the words of Gov. John Hickenlooper at this year’s remembrance last week, “It is vital each year that we come together and maintain that memory.”

Ideas, but no consensus on 252 committee

The Colorado Statesman

It appears that there won’t be any formal recommendations on changes to the law created by Senate Bill 13-252. The advisory committee charged with coming up with recommendations failed to come to consensus on any of the suggested changes proposed during the committee’s Sept. 4 meeting.

In their first meeting July 10 the group decided that any formal recommendations had to be approved by consensus; any opposition meant the recommendations would not go forward.

Colorado should lead country to fix national debt

Lamm, Coffman agree about spiraling effects
The Colorado Statesman

This story was updated on Sept. 2 to reflect comments from Fix the Debt concerning their fundraising.

Colorado ought to lead the nation in finding solutions to an overwhelming national debt that left unchecked may force the United States into the same kind of austerity measures that now plague the European economy.

Advisory committee says SB 252 is feasible, but…

The Colorado Statesman

The advisory committee trying to decide whether SB 13-252 is feasible is closing in on an answer: “Yes, but.”

The committee met Wednesday to review the legislation in-depth and discuss just how much it would cost for the two impacted rural electric co-ops to meet the 20 percent renewable energy standard (RES) required under SB 252. That standard must be met by 2020.

Ag committee members bridge urban vs. rural divide

The Colorado Statesman

Agriculture is Colorado’s number two economic engine, with receipts of more $8 billion in farm and ranch products in 2012. The legislative committee that has the most impact on that industry, the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, saw some of its greatest turnover ever with the 2013 session, with eight new legislators from both sides of the aisle. None work in the agriculture or livestock industries. That led to concerns about a steep learning curve on agriculture issues for those first-year representatives.