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Colorado Senate rejects nicotine tax that would have boosted preschool spending

A proposed nicotine tax backed by Gov. Jared Polis was rejected by the Colorado Senate Thursday night. The proposal would have allowed Colorado to double...
People vaping outside the Colorado Capitol on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 as lawmakers debate a bill that would increase taxes on nicotine products to help expand state-funded preschool programs. (Photo by Alex Burness)

Nicotine taxes for preschool, vaccine exemptions draw crowds to Colorado Capitol in waning days

As the clock winds down on the 2019 legislative session, two groups packed the Capitol Wednesday afternoon for a final say on two controversial...
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Littwin: Facing the possibility of a measles outbreak, the governor wants more data

This column was significantly updated on Friday, April 26, after Colorado Public Radio reported that Gov. Jared Polis had indicated he wouldn’t sign the...
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Colorado proposal would triple cigarette tax, fund preschool, fight teen vaping

A proposed tax on nicotine products could double Colorado’s preschool investment, pay for afterschool and summer enrichment programs for low-income families, and chip away...

The disease devastating deer herds may also threaten human health Scientists are exploring the...

This story was originally published at High Country News in collaboration with the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise...

Family leave bill rewritten to address pushback from businesses Proposed family leave program clears...

Zoey Palmer said she wanted to spend more time caring for her stepmother after she underwent open-heart surgery. But the 31-year-old from Denver couldn’t...

Guest Post: Trump is trying to kill the legislation that saved my life

When I was healthy, I had the freedom to live anywhere in the country. And so I did. Today, my cancer diagnosis means my...

Opioid-addiction treatment slips on priority list as Senate advances state budget Sen. Brittany Pettersen,...

State Sen. Brittany Pettersen never figured she would have to fight so hard to persuade her colleagues to expand opioid-addiction treatment in Colorado. The...

On fifth try in five years, Colorado lawmakers move to ban gay conversion therapy...

Editor's note: House lawmakers on Feb. 19 passed the bill banning sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors by a vote of 42-20. Two Republicans...

Colorado’s new Department of Natural Resources head talks oil and water Dan Gibbs: 'We...

Hundreds of men and women who work in the state’s oil and gas fields flocked to the state Capitol this week to protest a...