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Most notable about what was suggested by Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada in the Jan. 31 letter to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is that the lower basin states — Arizona, Nevada and California — would take into account evaporation and other losses, part of what's known as system loss accounting.  Continue Reading Six-state solution to Colorado River crisis could end up saving hydropower in the West — or in court

There are, indeed, two jobs available for every unemployed individual in Colorado, as Gov. Jared Polis said in his State of the State address last week — but it's unclear what level of quality and or what industry these jobs are most likely in. Continue Reading Fact check: There really are two jobs for every unemployed person in Colorado

Senate Bill 1 would transfer $5 million from the General Fund and $8 million from the Housing Development Grant Fund to the Unused State-Owned Real Property Fund. The money would then go to public-private partnerships that would build affordable housing on state-owned land. Continue Reading Colorado panel advances proposal to earmark $13 million for housing via public-private partnerships

During his State of the State address on Tuesday, Gov. Jared Polis took aim squarely at the state's largest hospitals, stating it's time to hold them accountable for record profits, paying zero taxes and "sitting on enormous reserves while overcharging customers." Continue Reading Polis, state health care financing agency trade barbs with hospitals over profits

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Fresh from a dominant performance in the November elections, Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday outlined an ambitious agenda for his next four years in office, promising to tackle Coloradans' most pressing issues, notably soaring crime and high cost of living, challenges that have increasingly burd… Continue Reading Polis outlines ambitious plan on housing shortage, property tax hike, car theft in state address

Gov. Jared Polis received generally high marks for his 70-minute State of the State address from Democrats, but not entirely; and Republicans downplayed some of his ideas, but a few found areas where they can find common ground.  Continue Reading Reaction to Gov. Jared Polis' State of the State shows agreement in some areas, divisions in others

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Fresh from a dominant performance in the November elections, Gov. Jared Polis outlined an ambitious agenda for the 2023 legislative session this morning, offering solutions to Colorado's most pressing problems, notably affordable housing, public safety, and rising cost of living.  Continue Reading Gov. Jared Polis focuses on housing, car theft, cost of living in state address | LIVE BLOG

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Greeted by a cool and sunny January morning, Gov. Jared Polis started his second term by pledging to "lead the Colorado way" amid growing concerns around affordable housing, public safety, rising cost of living and a state budget with little room for additional spending in the upcoming fiscal year. Continue Reading Colorado's Polis begins second term facing major challenges in housing, public safety, inflation

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When the Colorado General Assembly convenes on Monday, Jan. 9 for the next 120 days, it will have a very new look, with 31 new members in the House out of 65 total, an insurmountable 46-19 Democratic advantage, and a host of challenges to tackle. Continue Reading Property taxes, guns and education: The big issues of the 2023 legislative session | COVER STORY

The biggest budget changes include setting aside another $200 million from the general fund to boost an already significant amount — $700 million — to address escalating property taxes in both 2023 and 2024. Continue Reading Polis seeks $200M more to fight property tax hike, rejects eliminating 2 cent gas tax increase

The federal government and more than a dozen states are taking a hard look at TikTok amid growing concerns the ownership structure of parent company ByteDance could leave Americans' personal data vulnerable to the Chinese government.  Continue Reading Feds, states move to ban TikTok on government devices — but not Colorado

Bookended by tragedies and buffeted by fiercely partisan battles as the midterm elections approached, 2022 saw Colorado begin to move beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and the shattered lives, economy and customs in its wake. Continue Reading Colorado Politics recalls stories that defined an unusual midterm | 2022 IN REVIEW

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This year's election left no doubt that Colorado is — for now — a blue state, dominated by Democrats, who swept all the statewide contests and expanded the party's control of the legislature and delegation to Washington, D.C. Continue Reading Colorado Democrats' string of sweeps stands alone in state history | TRAIL MIX

Among those pardoned Thursday is a former state patrol officer who was hailed as a hero but later convicted of misdemeanor assault for an incident near the state Capitol, as well four individuals whose circumstances won advocacy from newly-elected Rep. Elisabeth Epps, D-Denver. Continue Reading Polis pardons two dozen, including former state patrol officer who confronted Capitol gunman in 2007

The Colorado State Auditor's annual report on whether state agencies are tuning up their financial controls found nearly four dozen serious recommendations still haven't been implemented, some going back more than five years. Continue Reading State auditor finds state agencies' delays in implementing audit recommendations run five years or more

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The Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday heard economists' revenue forecast, prompting worries about Colorado's fiscal house, with some noting that state spending will exceed available funds, while governor's fiscal experts painted a rosier picture, with the state collecting sufficient revenue to cover all spending. Continue Reading Colorado's revenue forecast worries legislators, even as Polis administrations paints rosier picture