Legislative News

Voluntary income tax check-off could aid unwanted horses

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Two rural legislators are turning to Colorado taxpayers to help protect a symbol of Colorado’s Western heritage.

Championing the cause of the children

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Months of laborious compromises prefaced the unveiling of a bill Thursday that would create a child ombudsman office that Gov. Bill Ritter said will add accountability to a troubled child welfare system.

Ritter proposes new cuts in budget

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter announced Thursday he will submit a new proposal to the Joint Budget Committee to rebalance the state’s 2010-11 budget.

Legislators send PERA reform bill to Governor

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The bill to shore up the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) defined benefit plan is on its way to the desk of Gov. Bill Ritter, after getting final approval from the House Tuesday.

Rep. King cleared of wrongdoing in ethics complaint

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The bipartisan House Ethics Committee last week unanimously cleared Rep. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, of accusations that he double-dipped — that is, charged his campaign account and the state for the same expense.

Harsh words, bitter battles surround tax exemption bills

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The package of tax exemption and income tax repeals that have been the cause of so much acrimony in the General Assembly is on its way to Gov. Bill Ritter for signing. But the last day for eight of the nine bills, dealing with concurrence on Senate amendments in the House, was a repeat of the harsh words and bitter battles that have characterized the bills in the past three weeks.

Convenience stores hope to acquire full-strength beer

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Coloradans wanting to fill up their gas tank, buy a bag of chips and a pack of cigarettes at their local corner store are closer than ever to being able to add a full-strength six pack of beer to their list.

Merrifield bill would promote the arts in schools

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Jeff Hodur was a wayward student at Coronado High School in Colorado Springs until he found his life’s passion.

Bill would allow tax credits for rehiring laid-off workers

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The battle over tax exemptions got new life on Tuesday, when a Senate committee approved a bill to provide tax credits for businesses that hire laid-off workers.

Senate Bill 133 is sponsored by Sens. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, and Chris Romer, D-Denver, and by Rep. Joe Rice, D-Littleton. The bill would provide a short-term credit on federal insurance contributions (FICA) for businesses that re-hire their own laid-off workers.

Senate approves tax exemption repeal bills

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Senate Wednesday passed nine of the tax exemption repeal and income tax policy change bills requested by Gov. Bill Ritter to help balance the 2009-10 and 2010-11 budgets. Eight of the bills were amended in their passage through the Senate and will have to go back to the House for concurrence.