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Noonan: Late session bill dance frustrates citizens and reduces oversight

Paula Noonan
The last full week of the 2017 General Assembly had 220 bills still unfinished, with three bills introduced within five days of the end of session. Five big bills, two negotiated for wins and three up in the air, were on the docket. SB17-267, the Sustainability of Rural Colorado bill, initially received support for its […]

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House Majority Leader on crucial Hospital Fee bill negotiations: ‘We’re so, so super close’

State Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, 2016. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Weeks of tense negotiations and occasional lawmaker blowups are coming to an end, one way or another, over a linchpin bill that in its last iteration would raise $1.8 billion in bond money for state transportation upgrades, save state hospitals from a proposed $500 million cut and lower the state spending limit in future years […]

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#Coleg Week 17: Hospital fee, high-risk pools, transportation reprise, forced pooling, Columbus Day, sanctuary cities

Colorado's "gold dome."
The big game this week will strut into the open on Tuesday at 8:40 a.m., when the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 267, the forebodingly titled “Sustainability of Rural Colorado” proposal. The bill would rescue the proposed state budget from its wretchedness by refilling $500 million in hospital cuts and generating […]

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With Esgar on board, House Dems pass bitter-pill measure to slash hospital funds, advance budget debate

Colorado House Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder, toughs out a vote on the budget that might end in slashing $500 million from hospitals that serve hard-pressed residents. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Democratic leaders dodged a bullet Tuesday afternoon and passed with one vote to spare a crucial “orbital” budget bill that nevertheless threatens to blow a gaping hole in state hospital budgets and shutter healthcare facilities in already woefully underserved rural districts. Senate Bill 256 passed on 33-31 vote. Four Democrats joined the Republican caucus to […]

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#Coleg Week 16: Transportation-hospital fee moments of truth, fueling stations by Xcel, repealing Columbus Day, rolling coal…

Colorado's "gold dome."

Two-and-a-half weeks till closing time, and there’s plenty of business left to conduct in this building. All eyes will be watching transportation-funding House Bill 1242. It’s being heard Tuesday in the Senate Finance committee. It’s one of the big-deal top-priority bills of the session, and it seems doomed. Will there be amendments? Will someone have […]

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Good Question: Which of the state’s rural hospitals are most threatened by proposed $500M budget cuts?

Yuma, a farming hamlet of 3,200 near the Nebraska border in Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

This year’s Colorado budget so far includes what amounts to a $500 million cut to state hospital funding. It’s a frightening sum that threatens to deeply slash rural health services and to shut down some rural hospitals altogether. The proposed cuts will be a centerpiece of debate at the Capitol in the remaining three-and-a-half weeks […]

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Noonan: TABOR is 25 and too alive and too well

Paula Noonan
Colorado’s population in 1992 was 3.5 million. Census projections put the state’s population in 2017 at 5.5 million. In 1992, 812,308 citizens — 53.68 percent of voters — said yes to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), and 700,906 citizens — 46.32 percent of voters — said no. Not to make too fine a point, […]

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The $26.8 billion question: How to sell the 2017 budget

Sen Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, speaks at the Capitol on February 16, Agriculture Day. (Photo by Roxann Elliott/The Colorado Statesman)
Now that the Colorado state budget proposal has appeared and lawmakers are wrangling over the numbers, the political narratives that will be used to sell the budget to voters and to defend against constituent anger in elections to come are taking shape. This year it seems unquestionable that it will be a tougher budget for […]

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