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Public Policy

Traffic congestion on I-25 northbound. (Photo by John Herrick)

‘Real rush’ of Trump rules expected ahead of 2020 election The Trump administration is...

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to finalize a host of high-profile rules in 2020, including policies that will impact everything from auto...
The Spring Café on opening day in 2015. The café, which offered employment to immigrants and refugees and helped them integrate into American society, closed earlier this month as a direct result of the Trump administration's cut in refugee admissions. (Photo courtesy of Paula Schriefer)

Guest Post: Denver’s Spring Café closure is call to support Colorado immigrants and refugees

Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning opened The Spring Café in December of 2015 with a tremendous sense of promise and purpose. Sure, we wanted...
Striking Denver Public Schools teachers march toward the state Capitol on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Evan Semón for The Colorado Independent)

Putting numbers to a new school finance formula could prove challenging

A group of Colorado lawmakers spent Monday afternoon plugging numbers into a proposed new school finance formula, squinting at a projection of a computer...
Representatives from Coloradans for the Common Good speak alongside members of the Colorado Carpenters' Union and workers before a hearing at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment on a proposal to expand overtime protections on Dec. 16, 2019. (Photo by Forest Wilson)

Workers and advocates call for more protections and quicker implementation of overtime proposal At...

Workers and advocates packed a downtown Denver meeting room to urge the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to more quickly implement its proposed...
AURORA, CO - Pharmacist Hank Wedemeyer fills prescriptions as generic diabetes medicine awaits distribution at a community health center on Dec. 1, 2009 in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Landmark prescription drug pricing bill clears U.S. House  Colorado Reps. voted along party lines...

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a landmark health care measure Thursday that proponents say would dramatically reduce the rising cost of prescription drugs...
Noel Community Arts School students work through assigned classwork during a study period at the Denver school in May 2019. (Nathan W. Armes/Chalkbeat)

Colorado releases school ratings amid ongoing debate about how to measure performance

Colorado school ratings finalized Wednesday show that slightly fewer schools this year earned one of the two lowest ratings. Those that did — 154 schools...
Rep. Joe Neguse, of Boulder, serves on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis at the University of Colorado Law School campus on Aug. 1, 2019. (Photo courtesy Sally Tucker)

Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse has a plan to fight Trump on climate censorship “Stop...

WASHINGTON — A freshman Colorado congressman, troubled by allegations of climate censorship by the Trump administration, is attempting to make it harder for political...
A must-pass defense policy will move forward without provisions that would crack down on a wide class of chemicals known as PFAS that are linked to health problems. Among the provisions struck: language that would have required the EPA to limit PFAS levels in waterways and strengthen regulations on PFAS in drinking water. (Photo by Brandon Giesbrecht via Flickr: Creative Commons)

Key regulations on chemicals linked to health problems struck from must-pass defense bill The...

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats and environmental advocates suffered a stinging setback with the release of a defense policy bill this week that lacks key...

Guest Post: Denver’s minimum wage vote is roadmap for other cities – and for...

Denver’s recent historic vote to raise its minimum wage to more than $15 an hour marks a long-overdue victory for local communities over big...
County Commisioners John Kefalas (right) and Hilary Cooper, and substance abuse expert Rob Valuck (left), prepare to speak about divvying up opioid settlement dollars at the Hilton Denver Inverness Hotel on Dec. 5, 2019.

Colorado experts recommend opioid settlements mostly go towards treatment and recovery A newly released...

Colorado should spend most of whatever settlement money it receives from prescription drugmakers in the opioid crisis on treatment and recovery services, two dozen...
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