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Tears flow over a weakened conservation easement bill

Jiliane Hixson, who has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting over conservation easement tax credits with the Department of Revenue, left the Statehouse...

Amazon tax and back to the future cars

notes from the last few days of the 2014 legislative session.

Senate moves college affordability bill; House works to better serve juvenile...

Notes from the 97th day of the 2014 legislative session.

Child care tax credit moves forward despite $20 million price tag

A bill to help Colorado's poorest working families pay for child care took its first step towards the Govenor's desk yesterday when it passed out of the House Finance Committee. HB 1072 would close what its sponsors call a loophole in current tax credits for child care which currently leaves out the vast majority families making less than $25,000 a year.

Texas tax give-back to oil companies set to further drain school...

Public school districts in Texas as in Colorado this year have filed suit to stop the cash-strapped state from raiding the education budget. Coloradans will be interested in the latest developments in the Lone Star state. A proposed series of tax credits for the oil industry would drain even more funds from the schools there. The credits would give back roughly $150 million to oil refinery operators, part of a "business friendly" policy championed by GOP governor-turned-presidential-candidate Rick Perry. Adding insult to injury, the state is asking certain school districts to give back money they've already received in order to fund the oil-company give-backs.

Health reform won’t seriously ding corporate profits

As conservatives scream from the rafters about the elimination of a business tax deduction for retiree benefits in the Democrats’ health reform law, The...