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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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Guzman: A solution for our rural hospitals

Sen. Lucia Guzman

Delta. Montrose. Lincoln. Teller. Fremont. Las Animas. Morgan. Garfield. These are a handful of counties in rural Colorado that are home to hospitals. Hospitals that not only provide access to life-saving health care for residents, but are most likely the area’s largest employer. These hospitals are typically smaller than their urban counterparts, but they are […]

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O’Toole: Transit doesn’t need state taxpayer funding

Randal O'Toole

According to a misleading new report, Colorado ranks 29th in per capita funding for transit, spending just one-twentieth of the national average. Thus, there is a “funding gap” for public transit. But Colorado apparently ranks 29th only in state transit funding. What’s left out is that most transit funding comes from the regional level. The […]

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Crowder: Colorado’s rural hospitals facing plight

Sen. Larry Crowder

The future of health care has been in the news a lot recently. The intended repeal of the Affordable Care Act, commonly called “Obamacare” has generated more questions than answers. However, one thing is for certain. The upcoming plight of Colorado’s rural hospitals is not in question. Last year, the state Legislature voted not to […]

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State Senate strikes positive notes on opening day, with hints of toxic national politics

On a day that started with political tension already running at a boiling point in one-party dominated Washington, the launch of another bipartisan legislative session on Wednesday in Denver looked like an especially good thing. Because the Colorado governor’s office and the state House are controlled by Democrats, the action at the Colorado Capitol this […]

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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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The Hot Sheet – Trump haters ‘chill,’ Colorado bragging rights, our mellow gets harshed, a soldier needs you and MORE …

DENVER — Let thanks giving begin! Happy Monday on the beginning of what will surely be a short work week for most of us. Whether you’re traveling or inviting company into your home … We hope it is a safe and peaceful holiday for you and yours. Putting comments from the Broadway cast of Hamilton […]

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Road usage charge ‘worst of both worlds’

In this July 5, 2015 file photo, motorists guide their vehicles down Interstate 70 through heavy traffic and light rain in Evergreen. A Colorado business coalition on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, said it has withdrawn ballot initiatives that would have asked voters for more investment in roads, bridges and highways. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
Calling it “the worst of both worlds,” Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, is warning a road usage charge program proposed by the Colorado Department of Transportation would mean a massive statewide tax hike. State Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock State Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock In a brief statement released Tuesday, Nov. […]

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Stiffler: Pot revenue no panacea for state budget

Chris Stiffler
When it comes to Colorado’s marijuana tax revenue, there’s a widespread misconception that we can now just pay all of our bills with pot money. My organization, which gives many presentations about the state budget across Colorado, hears this almost every time we visit a community. What do you mean the state has budget difficulties? […]

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Hullinghorst not waiting on Cadman to tackle hot-button hospital fee plan

State Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst will not delay efforts to move the state’s hospital provider fee into an enterprise fund. She wants to get started now while working to get the Republican-controlled state Senate on board. Hullinghorst, D-Gunbarrel, said during a news conference Tuesday that the recent opinion from Republican Attorney General […]

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