Colorado’s legislative leaders talked about job growth and cutting government red tape in their annual forum previewing the upcoming legislative session. Lawmakers also pledged to put the partisan rancor of congressional and statehouse redistricting behind them. KUNC’s State Capitol report Bente Birkeland examines how things will likely play out with fellow state house reporters.
Colorado’s attorney general and the Governor are deciding whether to appeal a trial court decision that says state funding for K through 12 schools is inadequate and unconstitutional. And while education advocates praise the decision calling it a wakeup call, as Bente Birkeland reports, many are also wondering what’s next and how the state can fix the problem.
State economists are warning that the risks of a double-dip recession are rising in Colorado. A new revenue forecast out Tuesday from the non-partisan Legislative Council shows that the state’s economy is still growing, but at a very slow rate.
Former Republican Representative Victor Mitchell said Proposition 103 would be a "crushing blow to the economy," at a state capitol news conference.
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Battle lines are being drawn over a ballot measure before voters this fall that would temporarily hike Colorado’s sales and income taxes to backfill millions of dollars in recent cuts to education. A group of former and current Colorado Republican lawmakers calling itself "Save Colorado Jobs" has now formed to fight the measure.