Governor Hickenlooper will release his proposed budget early next week and pretty much everyone is expecting more cuts to K through 12 schools. The first glimpse of the budget will come on the same day that Colorado voters will decide whether to pass Proposition 103, the only statewide issue on the ballot Tuesday.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has issued a revised plan to fast-track solar power development on desert lands in six western states – including Colorado. The new plan reduces the amount of public land available for solar projects to about 285,000 acres, amid opposition from local groups in places like Colorado’s San Luis Valley.
President Obama was on his way back to Washington D.C. Wednesday afternoon after wrapping up a three state western swing at the University of Colorado at Denver. There he touted his stalled jobs bill and offered more details on his plan to give students more flexibility with their financial aid debt.
Western swing-states with growing Latino populations were instrumental in sending President Obama to the White House in 2008. Now as he faces what’s expected to be a close contest for re-election in 2012, the President is counting on Latino voters in battleground states like Colorado again. Many Latinos as a voting block have long sided with Democrats. But the party isn’t taking anything for granted this go around, and neither are Republicans.