Marianne Goodland

Guv slashes 2011-12 budget, Dems outraged

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper Tuesday presented his plan to get the state into the black for 2011-12, but it has members of his own party seeing red.

Hickenlooper’s budget proposal would cut $375 million from K-12 education, and local school districts would take an additional $117 million hit in lost property tax revenues the state won’t backfill.

2010-11 budget balancing package passes House

The Colorado Statesman

One of the best chess matches of the session played out in the Colorado House this week, but contrary to any game where there are winners and losers, both sides said Wednesday they could claim victory. And legislators on both sides said the match likely foreshadows the battle to come, over the 2011-12 budget.

‘Kill Bill’ was theme of Capitol drama this week

The Colorado Statesman

A Feb. 17 deadline in the Senate meant that Senate committees were busy moving on bills this week. But none were busier than the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, which had 17 bills awaiting action through the end of the day Feb. 16.

Employee partnerships order still on the books

The Colorado Statesman

The second attempt by Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield, to kill a 2007 executive order on employee partnerships fell by the wayside Monday. The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed his Senate Bill 11-038 on a 3-2 party-line vote. However, Mitchell got a bit of encouragement for one facet of his concerns over the largest state employee union, Colorado WINS, from the Senate President Pro Tem.

Mesa State bill moves forward

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats mounted a furious effort this week to defeat a bill that could allow Mesa State College to opt-out of the state personnel system.

Employee partnerships: What they do and what they don’t do

The Colorado Statesman

The employee partnership agreements were authorized by Gov. Bill Ritter on Nov. 2, 2007 through Executive Order D 028 07. The order allowed classified state employees to choose a union that would represent them on workplace issues, such as efficiency, safety, or training, through “negotiating units” for each of the state’s job groups or agencies.

Undocumented student tuition resurfaces

Dream bill or nightmare at Colorado Capitol?
The Colorado Statesman

Next week, the Senate Education Committee plans to wade into the fray over illegal immigration, when they tackle another effort to grant undocumented students instate tuition.

2010-11 budget up for its (hopefully) final balancing act

The Colorado Statesman

The Start Smart K-12 breakfast program, which caused embarrassment for Republicans and over which Democrats made hay, is back.

Kerr’s bike route bill heads to Judiciary

The Colorado Statesman

House Bill 1092, sponsored by Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, was approved on a 7-6 vote in the House Transportation Committee last week, and is scheduled for a second reading this week.

Rep. Balmer apologizes, says he ‘lost his cool'

The Colorado Statesman

Rep. David Balmer, a co-chair of the Joint Committee on Redistricting, formally apologized Monday morning to the full House for behavior last week that earned him a ban from the Senate for the duration of the session.