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The Colorado Independent just received a copy of the Colorado Supreme Court's decision not to hear the appeal filed by Clerk Ortiz of Pueblo and Robert Nemanich regarding the District Court decision effectively dismissing the use of all-mail ballots in the upcoming historic recall elections. In a surprise twist, Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Clerk Williams of El Paso County joined the Libertarian Party of Colorado in opposing the appeal.
DENVER-- The Higher Education Flexibility Act passed the Senate last week and is scheduled to make it to the House Monday. It's a bold bill that would rearrange the relationship between public universities and the government. It would mean greater autonomy for university administrations which, for example, would be free to levy tuition hikes under 9 percent per year. Current higher education funding in low-tax recession-wracked Colorado has become unsustainable. The new bill seeks to buffer universities against a likely $300 million funding cut next year.