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Trump budget threatens national lab in Golden, but NREL advances continue

GOLDEN – The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has 40 years of history behind it, but walking through its sprawling Front Range campus one can’t help but think 40 years into the future. Solar cells that can be spray-painted onto windows or printed at a Home Depot; power grids that can take in a wide portfolio […]

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Colorado’s economy is booming, though some constraints could be coming

Colorado's Capitol dome gleams in the sunlight in this picture taken on Opening Day of the Legislature, Jan. 13, 2016. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Colorado’s economy has grown for the past eight years since the economic downturn, and it’s on a path towards the longest expansion in the state’s history, lawmakers heard Tuesday. State budget writers received an update from the governor’s office and legislative staff on the June revenue forecast for the state. Colorado is currently in its […]

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Insights: Trump’s deal on transportation is a ‘no deal’ for Colorado

When it comes to transportation, Donald Trump is much like a casino for a desperate state willing to bet the power bill money to try to win the rent. While the president was out of the country last week, his advisers rolled out the latest package of ideas for the $1 trillion investment in American infrastructure Trump promised. Colorado […]

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Kagan: Gov. Hickenlooper should call special session

Daniel Kagan

As I write, Gov. John Hickenlooper is contemplating whether to call the Legislature into special session in order to pass a comprehensive transportation bill. He should do it, and give the Legislature a chance to resuscitate the transportation proposal that so narrowly failed during the regular session. Almost everyone agrees that we need to repair […]

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Staff picks: The top 5 stories of the past week in Colorado Politics

The Colorado General Assembly adjourned this week, but legislators took their favorite bills to the wire. Meanwhile, a well-known Colorado politician heard his name called from the White House to step into what’s sure to be political chaos of the highest caliber in a wild week in Colorado politics. These are the stories the staff […]

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Transportation funding progress is likely, but much could be left on the table

State lawmakers say they have a deal that can mitigate some of the failures from not advancing a full transportation funding measure this year in the legislature. The proposal would create a 20-year bond program to direct $1.8 billion towards critical infrastructure, including roads and highways. Senate Bill 267 comes after a centerpiece transportation funding bill – […]

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History Colorado asks legislature to sell off Lowry property to fix up more valuable sites

History Colorado wants to sell off a little history. The Colorado Senate Finance Committee told them to go ahead on 4-1 vote Tuesday. The state’s historical preservation agency wants to sell off a vacant cold storage building on the former Lowry Air Force Base in East Denver and use the money to fix up some more significant […]

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Colorado budget writers finally advance what they hope is a final proposal

State budget writers on Thursday finally got to working out differences between House and Senate versions of the annual spending plan, leaving in tact several key amendments. Efforts to fund a survey given to students remained in the estimated $26.8 billion budget, along with using marijuana money to support housing and homeless services. Budget writers […]

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