Marianne Goodland

State of Health

State exchange could face tougher financial pressure

The Colorado Statesman

Is Connect for Health Colorado on solid financial footing? The next 10 months could be telling.

The exchange, a state-based marketplace for consumers to get health insurance, is going through its first year without new federal support. That means the exchange has to be on the path to self-support. But a budget document for calendar year 2016 shows it’s likely to run about $13.3 million in the red, and it gets tougher from there.

Town of Kassler supplied water for a thirsty, growing Denver

The Colorado Statesman

Kassler, Colorado. You’ve most likely never heard of it, even if you’ve lived here all your life.

Population: No one kept track exactly how many lived in this small community but, at its peak, probably no more than 40. It never had a mayor, a government, or even police or fire departments. It did have a one-room schoolhouse, where children carried in coal on cold winter mornings to heat the stove, and near the school was a cemetery.

Courts

Justice Gregory Hobbs reflects on water, justice

The Colorado Statesman

“Get a tie. A real tie!”

For Coloradans who follow the stylings of Gov. John Hickenlooper, that might sound familiar. But that’s advice Justice Gregory L. Hobbs got the day he was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court.

After almost two decades on the bench, the Supreme Court will lose its most respected expert on water law. Hobbs steps down on Aug. 31.

When Gov. Roy Romer decided to appoint Hobbs to the state’s highest court in 1996, it was the realization of a career-long goal for the attorney. But Hobbs jokes a little about the day he learned he would be Romer’s pick.

Report: Colorado ready to take on climate change

The Colorado Statesman

Coloradans love playing outdoors. But if residents want to keep on enjoying the state’s recreational bounty — and continue enjoying the $13.2 billion the recreational industry pumps into Colorado’s economy — it’s time for the state to lead the way cutting carbon pollution. Fortunately, says a report released this week, Colorado is in a good position to do just that.

That was the message delivered on Tuesday by Environmental Colorado, several outdoor recreational organizations and Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder.

Stulp says state water plan will require ‘cultural change’

The Colorado Statesman

With Colorado almost out of the drought, state water officials are planning for the day when the state’s water supply will have to provide for twice as many residents.

State water czar John Stulp told the Colorado Municipal League last week that land use and water planning will be more closely tied under the state’s first-ever water plan, which is nearing completion.

Water's for fighting

State's first-ever water plan in homestretch

The Colorado Statesman

Bring up the topic of Colorado water just about anywhere across the arid state, and before long someone is bound to invoke the state’s unofficial motto, a saying attributed to Mark Twain: Whiskey is for drinking. Water, that’s for fighting.

But these days, if you happen to find yourself amid the kind of folks who never tire of cracking a smile when the adage is uttered, you’re just as likely to hear talk of the state’s first-ever water plan, set to unveil before the end of the year. Water, they just might acknowledge, could be for plenty of things. But in the meantime, there’ll still be whiskey.

Supporting weed’s women

The Colorado Statesman

With Colorado’s cannabis industry becoming well established, entreprenuers from all walks of life are finding their way in to push it forward.

Women in the industry face some of the same challenges that have been faced by women in business for decades.

That’s where Woman of Weed comes in.

The group is a sub-council of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. Woman of Weed (referred to in meetings as WoW) held its second monthly meeting last week. Its mission is to empower women who are getting into the industry and to become its future leaders.

Williams, Cooke: a partnership for success

The Colorado Statesman

They couldn’t be more different.

She’s a Denver Democrat. He’s a Greeley Republican.

She’s a businesswoman. He’s a former sheriff.

She’s a veteran lawmaker. He’s in his first term.

But together, Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley and Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, forged a partnership that will change law enforcement in Colorado. Of the six law enforcement reform bills that went to the governor, Cooke and Williams were co-sponsors on four.

SINE DIE

The Colorado Statesman

By Marianne Goodland
The Colorado Statesman

The person exhaling the biggest sigh of relief one day after the 2015 legislative session came to a close was perhaps Colorado’s executive-in-chief, Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Hospital Provider fee bill dies, but it’ll be back

The Colorado Statesman

A late-session priority for Gov. John Hickenlooper fell by the wayside Tuesday.

The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee Tuesday put an end to a bill the governor had hoped would help provide financial space for the state under the TABOR revenue cap.