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Lawmakers eye tax breaks with yearning

Coloradans keep $2.1 billion in tax credits, and that's not (all) bull semen

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In America, tax breaks are a way of life.

At the federal level, Americans receive tax credits on such important purchases as homes and hybrid vehicles.

It’s no different at the state level. In 2009, Coloradans will save on taxes when they buy farm equipment and manufacturing supplies — and also when they pay for smaller necessities such as prescription drugs, food and child care.

Path takes Marostica to Ritter cabinet

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Rep. Don Marostica is known as a politician who forges his own path.

The second-term Republican from Loveland has never been shy about bucking the GOP when he felt it was wrong, and often he has been dangerously honest in sharing his concerns with reporters.

Conservatives rally to oppose Obama health plan

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The conservative side of the health care reform debate took the stage at lunchtime on Tuesday as several hundred supporters of Americans for Prosperity — the same group that organized tax protest Tea Parties on April 15 and July 4 — gathered on the West Steps of the Capitol to voice their opposition to the public health care plan now being debated in Congress.

And then there were those who support Obama’s plans

A few hours after the Capitol rally against government intrusion into health care, those in favor of President Barack Obama’s health care reform plan staged their own rally at the same site.

Gov. Ritter seeks mercy from feds

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter indicated this week that further cuts in the budget for the state’s higher education system could be on the way.

At a Monday press conference, Ritter said his office is seeking a waiver from the federal government’s requirement that Colorado maintain K-12 and higher education budgets at or above 2005-’06 levels to qualify for $760 million in stimulus dollars approved by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama earlier this year.

Panel recaps tire debate

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado has earned a reputation as a cutting-edge “green” state with a government that promotes recycled products and clean-energy-producing wind farms in its efforts to save the planet.

Ritter touts state's new energy gains for Senate panel

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter found a new audience for his new energy economy message on Tuesday, as he told a U.S. Senate panel in Washington, D.C., that Colorado’s success in attracting new energy jobs should make it a model for the nation.

Republican activist Mindy Meiklejohn dies

Longtime Republican activist Mindy Meiklejohn died peacefully on June 30 at Exempla Lutheran Hospice at Collier Hospice Center. She was 80.

Denver biennial will open hemispheric dialogue

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In less than a year, Denver will host its first Denver Biennial of the Americas, welcoming innovators, artists, politicians, scholars and others to a cultural festival and open dialogue about the issues that face the Western Hemisphere.

Sebelius lauds state health care progress

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

When employment is scarce, good health care coverage is even scarcer. But in the midst of an economic recession, the state of Colorado has been recognized for its achievements in enrolling financially qualified residents in federally backed health care programs.