Mike KrauseMike KrauseOctober 17, 20186min589

Colorado voters will have a choice this fall between two transportation funding measures.  Proposition 109 focuses on road and bridge infrastructure, without a tax or fee increase, while Proposition 110 uses roads as a hook for a massive sales tax increase, a slush fund for cities and counties, and mystery transit projects mostly aimed at Metro Denver. 


Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 18, 20177min454
A panel of Republican and Democratic lawmakers talked about the problems of taxing, spending and TABOR Wednesday morning for the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. House Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist laid out the plan GOP members are likely to run on next year: moving spending decisions away from a six-member Joint Budget Committee […]

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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinMay 24, 20179min488

After nearly a decade, Denver Regional Transportation District’s University of Denver and Colorado light rail stations need to become more visible gateways to surrounding communities, rather than the "back doors" they now represent to their neighborhoods, according to a study of the two stations and their mobility possibilities. “It is time these stations transition from commuter stations to integrated mobility hubs and active local destinations,” reads an online City and County of Denver study description.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirApril 12, 20173min344
Under Colorado law, your landlord can give you the heave-ho with as little as seven days’ advance notice if you are renting month-to-month. And you can be blindsided at any time with a rent hike. That’s not much time to pack — or to hit up your folks for some extra cash to help you stay put. Things […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 11, 20179min282
A bill that would ask Colorado voters to approve spending billions on transportation went through a budgetary ringer in the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday. Among 12 amendments, the committee lowered the proposed sales tax from 0.62 percent to 0.50 and offset that with $100 million annually from the existing state budget. It also locks in 53 […]

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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 20, 20178min349

Any legislation that addresses the state's transportation needs should take the entire state of Colorado into account and is "a long time coming," freshman state Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada, said in an interview with the Transit Alliance. The Denver-based group is a public-advocacy organization that started in 1997 and works to help citizens to "lead the transformation of Colorado’s mobility future." Zenzinger is a 2008 graduate of the group's Citizen's Academy and spoke to Transit Alliance Program Manager Jamie Perkins in her office shortly before the start of the legislative session.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 4, 20177min348

A refinancing plan for the remainder of two federal loans used to build the Denver Union Station project will pay off the loans early and allow the City and County of Denver to dissolve a revenue-raising authority, along with a drop in property taxes for some businesses in the area. The Denver City Council Finance and Governance Committee sent an ordinance to the full council that authorizes a loan agreement among Denver, Compass Bank, Compass Mortgage Corp. and U.S. Bank to allow the plan to move forward. It is scheduled for final consideration on Jan. 17, with the new loan agreement closing in early February, said Andrew Johnston, manager of financial development.


John TomasicJohn TomasicAugust 14, 201614min370

The maps on the wall at Democrat Rachel Zenzinger’s state Senate District 19 campaign headquarters in Arvada are a web of lines outlining voter precincts, each precinct speckled with marker colors. Some precincts are predominantly Republican, some predominantly Democratic, and there are numbers written onto each of them. “479-480” reads one of them, another “412-410.” In 2014, Zenzinger lost that first precinct to incumbent Republican Sen. Laura Woods by one vote. She won the second one by two votes. It’s an eye-popping map in part because so many of the voter totals are separated by ultraslim margins. “Yep, I know,” said Zenzinger looking up at the lines and numbers. “Every vote counts.”