Legislative News

Cuts stymie higher ed

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Talk to any of leader of a public university or college in Colorado. They all say their jobs are getting harder by the week.

Tapia can’t forget what it’s like to go unpaid

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

That’s the lesson Sen. Abel Tapia, D-Pueblo, is taking to heart as he works to pass Senate Bill 95 through the Legislature.

Springs crowd skeptical of FASTER

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Rep. Dennis Apuan’s townhall meeting on the economy and its impact on jobs turned from a seminar featuring House Speaker Terrance Carroll into a crisis hotline as constituents pleaded for jobs to stop the financial bleeding.

FASTER crawls to finish line

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Senate Democrats and Republicans wrangled with amendments — most defeated — to reach a compromise on a bill aimed at raising $214 million next year and $265 million the following year to improve highway infrastructure, including 126 bridges deemed structurally deficient.

Bipartisan panel offers job-creation package

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Thursday, Jan. 29, was a cold day for a press conference on the west steps of the Capitol, but that didn’t stop lawmakers from going outdoors to promote legislation aimed at creating new jobs in Colorado.

Legislative panel clears Balmer of ethics violation

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

An ethics complaint lodged by House Minority Leader Mike May against Rep. David Balmer, R-Centennial, was dropped because there was no evidence to support it.

Storm brewing over sales of 'obsolete' 3.2 beer

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

David Parker, a Colorado Springs convenience store owner, is more than ready to see the last of Colorado’s Blue Laws dissolve.

Deep cuts pain lawmakers

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The cuts were far worse than anyone had expected.

When Gov. Bill Ritter’s budget team told the Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday that his plan would cut $823 million from the 2009-’10 fiscal year, the hearing room packed with journalists, lobbyists and legislative staffers went stone still as everyone sharply inhaled and held their breath.

Groves probe: High crimes or misdemeanors?

PANEL TO DETERMINE COMPLAINT AGAINST LOBBYIST FEB. 3

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On Feb. 3, a joint legislative ethics committee will decide the outcome of a complaint filed by Rep. Cindy Acree, R-Aurora, against Erik Groves, a lobbyist for the Colorado Chiropractic Association. Groves is accused of attempting to influence Acree’s vote in the race for Republican leadership posts in the Colorado House of Representatives — a violation of rules governing lobbyists.

Missing info stalls Balmer probe

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Members of a legislative ethics committee agreed to postpone a vote on “probable cause” in a complaint filed against Assistant House Minority Leader David Balmer while expressing frustration that — because Balmer hasn’t complied with requests for e-mails, phone records and other pertinent information — their investigation has been stalled.