Author Archive | James Anderson
Two Colorado Republican lawmakers are delivering on their promise from earlier this year to fine-tune TABOR, a 25-year-old constitutional restriction on how much the state can receive — and spend — without triggering tax refunds. Rep. Dan Thurlow and Sen. Larry Crowder have introduced House Bill 17-1187 that seeks to change the way annual revenue […]
The switchblade knives wielded six decades ago by the fictional Jets and Sharks street gangs in the legendary Broadway musical “West Side Story” and in Hollywood films spooked lawmakers across the U.S. and helped usher in state bans. But 54 years after Colorado enacted its prohibition of the folding knives with blades that pop out […]
Citing backlash from Republicans, Colorado’s Democratic governor said Tuesday he has abandoned the idea of issuing an executive order to seek a one-third cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. But Gov. John Hickenlooper insisted he hadn’t given up on the proposal’s goals — or his own commitment to maintaining Colorado’s status as a […]
With one eye on a $500 million state budget gap and the other on Washington, Gov. John Hickenlooper and a split Colorado Legislature enter the 2017 lawmaking session with little expectation of fiscal reform and plenty of uncertainty over transportation, the state’s Medicaid bills, affordable housing and illegal pot sales. Last year, Hickenlooper and fellow […]
Gov. John Hickenlooper has presented a $28.5 billion proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year that calls for balancing measures affecting transportation and health care spending.
For many, this year’s major party caucuses in Colorado were messy and confusing: Democrats struggled to accommodate every voter, and Republicans didn’t choose presidential delegates because the national party insisted the vote be binding. Independent voters were left out in the cold. But party loyalists swear by the grassroots give-and-take of these straw polls that […]