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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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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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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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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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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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Neville and Neville: Repeal and replace plan falls short

Patrick Neville

Among the most promising things about the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, in conjunction with a Republican-controlled Congress, was the long-awaited realization of the repeal of Obamacare — the expensive government takeover of health care that was President Obama’s signal “achievement” — which drove up health insurance premiums and deductibles, priced millions out […]

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