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Political strong-arming, or just a simple mistake? You decide

Updated at 3:40 p.m. to add statement from Rep. Daneya Esgar of Pueblo on her vote. For the past 15 days, House Democrats have held...

House slashes from hospitals, roads and ed to balance budget

“We pulled off some miracles!” That was the claim this morning by the Joint Budget Committee, after the House gave final approval to the 2016-17...

Colorado’s GOP AG clears key Democratic budget plan as legal

  By saying a plan to reclassify a billion-dollar hospital program is constitutional, Colorado's Republican attorney general today bolstered a key strategy by the Democratic...

What you need to know about Colorado’s biggest political battle

  Even before lawmakers gaveled the 2016 session into order on Wednesday, three words have dominated debate at the Capitol: Hospital Provider Fee. Understanding the...

Lawmakers try to stop bleeding money on Colorado’s multimillion-dollar empty prison

For nearly three years the 948 solitary confinement cells of Colorado State Penitentiary II have stood empty outside Canon City, a hollow and expensive reminder of a corrections practice the state has largely abandoned. Now, lawmakers say they’re working on a plan to put the prison to use.

Hedges: The Colorado Conundrum

Perhaps you've heard of the "Colorado Paradox," the fact that our state is one of the most educated in the country - but mainly...

Dems Hamner and Young join powerful budget committee, Duran and May...

Just after she was elected the first female Democratic Speaker of the House, Boulder Rep. Dicky Lee Hullinghorst was tasked with replacing two of the most...

Economists look to Millennials to fix Colorado’s broken tax system

BACK in 2011, responding to a request from state lawmakers, economists looked into Colorado's fiscal future.  What they saw has been haunting those with...

Senate says affordable housing in, taxpayer protection out; House offers American...

Notes from the 98th day of the 2014 legislative session.

Colorado’s budget: ‘An investment spree’

When you hear people talk about Colorado’s proposed 2014-15 state budget, some like to use the word "spree.” It’s hardly a spree. The largest single percentage increase would go to the state's statutory reserve fund.