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Our state has a problem. The cost of living continues to increase, but wages are not keeping up. Simply paying bills can be extraordinarily stressful. Unfortunately, there is an industry that exists solely to take advantage of people in this situation — payday lenders. Preying on those who require a helping hand is sickening. That is why I urge everyone to vote “Yes” on Proposition 111, which will reduce the allowable interest rate to a maximum APR of 36 percent. Continue Reading

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The president is hugely excited about his Space Force. What instigated his push for this sixth branch of the military? Lobbying by the aerospace industry for lucrative contracts including new jazzy uniforms? The Trump campaign’s interest in selling themed merchandise? Supporters are already voting on suggested Space Force logos. Continue Reading

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Isn’t it a legal precedent dating back millennia that children cannot be punished for the misdeeds of their parents? Is the continuing drumbeat of media articles topped with banner headlines, linking gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton with his tainted, but long deceased, ancestor, anything but an effort to sway voters to favor his opponent? Continue Reading

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While I agree families who are trying to afford the rapidly-increasing cost of child care in Colorado need additional help, I disagree with Kelly Sloan’s suggested policy solution (“Time has come for child-care savings accounts in Colorado,” Aug. 6). Though he seems to oppose public support for struggling Colorado families, he contradicts himself by proposing a tax credit for employers and others who contribute to a child savings account. Tax credits are essentially public support allocated through the tax code. Continue Reading

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As your readers may know, Denver will be voting in November on a proposal to raise Denver’s sales tax approximately 25 cents per $100. The money raised will go toward funding for detox programs, suicide prevention services, community preventative measures, and other services. If passed in November, the $45 million generated by Caring for Denver would create the sustainable funding that Denver has needed for years to address this mounting crisis of homelessness and substance abuse.  Continue Reading

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Having seen Jared Polis’s misleading campaign ad attacking Cary Kennedy for the umpteenth time, I am sharing some direct insight about his claim that he “led” the effort to increase funding for every school in Colorado – and from where the actual leadership came.  I was the campaign manager for that effort – Amendment 23.  Cary Kennedy conceived the amendment, wrote it and led the effort to explain it, debate it and advocate for it.  Working with a crew of tenacious women, they fought for and won the Amendment 23 election.  Cary’s ability as citizen leader was clear:  She identified a problem, identified a solution and built momentum to fix it. Continue Reading

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Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is attempting to pull the rug out from under hardworking Coloradans by repealing the recent federal tax reform. His “Students Over Special Interests Act” supposedly would use the money from the tax cut to cancel federal student loan debt. Yet, it would raise Coloradans’ federal taxes and slash Colorado’s state budget revenue. That’s because the tax reform could add as much as $300 million to Colorado’s state budget, according to the Colorado Fiscal Institute. Continue Reading

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The recent opinion piece from Colorado teacher Jill Cullis shed some light on the problems facing Colorado’s schools. Recent increases in funding, with the bulk of those dollars not going to teachers’ salaries, is the real problem. During Teacher Appreciation Week, we should highlight the fact that outstanding teachers are making the same salaries as mediocre or even underperforming teachers. In fact, based on outdated salary schedules used in most school districts, many underperforming teachers will make more than their “highly effective” counterparts.  This is an incredible disservice to Colorado educators and students. Continue Reading