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Tax amnesty bill could raise millions for beleagured schools

SB11-184, sponsored by Denver Democrats Rep. Mark Ferrandino and Sen. Pat Steadman, would provide taxpayers a window between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30 to pay back taxes--with all fees waived--and have the interest on delinquent payments cut in half.

Sen. Rollie Heath calls for new tax initiative to fund education...

A handful of Democrats stood behind Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, as he announced today a citizens' initiative to roll back tax rates in hopes of generating $1.63 billion over three years for higher education and K-12 education.

Denver mayoral candidate Mejia pushes Legislature to better fund education

Denver Mayoral Candidate James Mejia--a former member of the Denver School Board--today asked the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) and the Denver delegation to the State Legislature to act to restore funding to public education and reduce the proposed $375 million cut in education funding.

Legislators take aim at solitary confinement

A bill to reduce the numbers of mentally ill and developmentally disabled prisoners in solitary confinement was introduced Monday by Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, and Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder.

Hickenlooper says state employees will continue to work hard despite pay...

As part of the Gov. John Hickenlooper’s budget balancing plan, he is calling on government employees to reach into their wallets and put an additional 4.5 percent of their monthly salary into the state pension plan, money that the state normally contributes as part of the contract. Both Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, and Colorado WINS have come out questioning the decision.

Senate President Shaffer says Hickenlooper budget won’t stand

Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, and Sen. Bob Bacon, D-Fort Collins, Wednesday said that the Senate had no intention of "rubber stamping" Gov. John Hickenlooper's budget plan. They said they would work to ensure the cuts to K-12 were limited, though Shaffer failed to provide specifics on how that would be done or if he would vote for a bill that didn't include substantial cuts.

Helping business by cutting taxes? Not so fast, some governors say

As the Colorado Legislature struggles not only with writing a budget but even with agreeing how much money is available to budget with, Governor John Hickenlooper prepares to deliver his own budget vision this week.

Tancredo calls for special session; Ritter says no

American Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo today asked Gov. Bill Ritter to call a special session of the state legislature to deal with...

Colorado proposes slashing higher ed budget by half

DENVER-- Lawmakers here are proposing that half of the money allotted to education will be cut in the 2011-2012 state budget. The new reality will force tuition increases and program eliminations in what the Senate Majority and Minority leaders characterize as a last-ditch effort to save Colorado higher education.

Budget passes Colorado Senate; Republicans cry ‘socialism’

DENVER-- Republican lawmakers furious with the $18.2 billion budget presented Friday in the senate here said the proposal failed to limit government spending and that it amounted to another move toward socialism. Exasperated Democrats argued that the budget cut millions of dollars from programs, including vital education and medical programs in the state.
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