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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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New legislative session brings $500M deficit, uncertainty

In this July 28, 2016 file photo, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. With one eye on a $500 million state budget gap and the other on Washington, 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. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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 […]

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Noonan: Sponsored bills reveal how House members do their job

Paula Noonan
Legislators make their mark through their sponsored bills. Sponsored bills show what issues legislators commit to, their bipartisan collegiality, their productivity in bills passed versus bills killed, and their dispositions related to bills that function as messages versus bills intended to become law. Legislators are supposed to sponsor no more than five bills, but only […]

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Marble: The Senate Republicans’ ‘Hateful, Dissident Eight’

State Sen. Vicki Marble

According to a recent front-page story in The Denver Post, there are eight Republican state senators among the slim 18-17 Republican majority who have been obstructing the Republican Party leadership’s legislative agenda. We are told this presents a “threat” to the Republican Party and a crisis that had gone undetected until The Post crunched some […]

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