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ICYMI: Buy out your boss, Louisville looks at mayor & Council salary hike and more

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Sick and tired of your boss making bad decisions? Think you could do better? Here’s your chance, hot shot. A bill, sponsored by Democratic state Rep. James Coleman and Republican state Sen. Jack Tate, was approved by the Legislature and sent to the governor to require the Colorado Office of Economic Development to

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YESTERYEAR: Ritter, Caldara face off over School Finance Act

Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … A new welfare law was finally agreed upon and the Legislature narrowly averted a special session. “That’s the art of compromise,” Gov. Roy Romer said. He said he would sign the latest version of the state’s welfare reform law that had successfully met the requirements […]

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Noonan: More school funding not enough to achieve significant proficiency improvements

Paula Noonan
The state boosted its per pupil funding for public school students by 2.8 percent out of the General Fund to $6,585,800,182 for 2017-2018. That number works out to $6,546.20 per student, according to Senate Bill 17-296. Adding other sources, the Colorado Department of Education estimates that the average per pupil funding for next year will […]

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Noonan: Bipartisanship may set a new high bar with rural sustainability bill

Paula Noonan
Gov. John Hickenlooper takes first place, with his signature, as currently the most bipartisan politician in Colorado. He has signed 137 bills in the 2017 General Assembly. Of those, 111 are bipartisan, 15 are Dem-only sponsored and 11 are GOP-only sponsored. He has clearly set a basis that he prefers both chambers to work collaboratively.

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ICYMI: Forgery no-no, SAT test sure looks new, teen seeks DPS board seat and more

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A couple of Mesa County women didn’t fool anyone when they allegedly tried to cast second ballots in last fall’s general election by forging the names of current or former relatives. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported the two face possible voter fraud charges. It doesn’t sound like the SAT test this year’s 11th graders […]

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Weist: Rural Colorado counting on legislature for broadband access

Jeff Weist

When it comes to broadband access, Colorado has a mountainous challenge — literally. The vast majority of Coloradans live in areas well served by multiple, private-sector, high-speed internet providers. Cable providers alone have invested over $8 billion of their own capital to upgrade their network. Most cable customers in Colorado will have access to affordable, […]

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Noonan: Bill envisions high quality education for Colorado … But where’s the money?

Paula Noonan
A new bipartisan bill, Achieving a Vision for Education in Colorado, HB17-1287, sets up an advisory board to create a strategic plan for public education, preschool through college, for implementation up to 2030. The bill recognizes that the 21st century world is “fiercely competitive” and that a “world class highly effective twenty-first-century learning system is the […]

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Holbert: Republicans fight for a taxpayer-first state budget

Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert

President Trump’s first foray into the thickets of Washington-style budgeting naturally is generating a lot of media attention, but back here in Colorado, in the General Assembly, we’re also about to enter our most critical week in terms of hammering-out our spending priorities. And because our state budget probably has an even greater impact on […]

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ICYMI: Ezzard comes home, CO middle of the road on taxes, first end-of-life patient dies

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Here’s a whatever-happened-to update: If you remember Martha Ezzard from her time as a Colorado legislator, you should probably check out the story in the Denver Business Journal. A couple of decades ago, Ezzard and her husband, Dr. John Ezzard, moved to Georgia to run an Ezzard family farm. They turned it into a pretty […]

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