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Gorman: Rural Colorado bill seriously lacking in transparency, accountability to taxpayers

Linda Gorman

Senate Bill 17-267 was recently approved by the Senate Finance Committee on a 4-1 vote. That’s potentially bad news for taxpayers, and sick people. The bill would make Colorado’s state budget less transparent, reduce legislative and taxpayer control over state spending, create two new slush funds outside of legislative control, increase state indebtedness, and use […]

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Finances may have improved at RMHS after negative 2015 audit

One hundred dollar bills (AP photo)
A year after a Denver auditor’s report found a nonprofit provider of services to the mentally and developmentally disabled residents of the City and County of Denver had mismanaged city funds, the picture is much better, City Council members were recently told. Rocky Mountain Human Services, formerly called Denver Options, serves over 6,000 Colorado residents […]

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Report: GOP health plan would cost Colorado $15B or leave 400,000 without coverage

Nurse Angie Hagen and newborn at Denver Health, June 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

A new report on the House Republican American Health Care Act finds the plan would leave $15 billion in Medicaid costs for Colorado to pay, end the Obamacare Medicaid expansion and likely leave more than 420,000 residents without health care coverage. The bleak findings of the progressive Center on Budget and Policy Priorities are shocking […]

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DeGette: Trumpcare would hurt seniors and others in Colorado: Here’s how

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette

Trumpcare was defeated and the Affordable Care Act saved from repeal last month thanks in large part to the American public. They spoke out passionately on behalf of the ACA in phone calls and emails to their members of Congress. They raised their voices at events like the community forum in Denver where 1,000 of […]

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Conservative group sounds alarm over health care’s rapidly rising share of Colorado state budget

Jack Graham, a former Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former CSU athletic director, addresses supporters on June 28, 2016, at a primary night watch party in southeast Denver. Graham placd second in the U.S. Senate primary, trailing El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Colorado’s state budget has jumped by more than 19 percent over the last decade, measured in constant dollars, a free-market think tank says in a report delivered at the Capitol this week as lawmakers weigh next year’s budget. And nearly all of that increased spending has gone to health care,the study by the Common Sense […]

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Contours of House budget debate emerge in caucus meeting

House Democrats meet before debate on the budget long bill, April 6, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Colorado House members on Wednesday drew up 93 amendments to this year’s state “long bill” budget proposal. Members are reviewing them together in caucus meetings before floor debate begins on the $26.8 billion Thursday afternoon. The number of amendments seems high but the general topics they seek to address, at least so far, come as […]

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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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