Miller HudsonMiller HudsonAugust 9, 20187min475

Since Colorado voters pasted the TABOR amendment that steers spending and revenues into our state constitution in 1992, the myth of its sacrosanct power has been embroidered each year.  It is frequently viewed as the "third rail" of politics – attempt to tamper with it and you will surely die. However, only a slim majority approved Doug Bruce’s fourth attempt to handcuff government on an otherwise crowded ballot. While Bill Clinton won the presidential poll that year, Ross Perot’s message of budget rectitude scored its largest voter endorsement in Colorado.


David SchlatterDavid SchlatterDecember 13, 20176min531

The Arapahoe County government spends nearly $400 million per year serving over 600,000 residents.  If your home or business is within the county, you pay the costs of that government.  Whether a homeowner or renter, increased property taxes impact everyone throughout the county.  If property taxes go up, so will rents.  Every citizen is affected.  Does Arapahoe County need a new jail, courthouse, and more taxes?  What about its pension obligations?


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 28, 201715min433

State Sen. Dominick Moreno, Commerce City Democrat, has been in office longer than many of his fellow lawmakers but is still the youngest member of the state Senate, a distinction he explores in this week's episode of “Behind the Politics,” a podcast produced by the Senate Democrats. The 32-year-old member of the Joint Budget Committee also talks about the "huge challenges" balancing constitutional mandates in the $26.8 billion budget bill introduced late Monday in the Senate and reveals the most embarrassing moment he's experienced at the Capitol, which involved a group of rambunctious elementary school students who accidentally summoned the State Patrol.


Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 17, 20164min373

Amendment 72 promises to further tangle Colorado’s budget. As a member of the Colorado Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, I can assure you that this is the last thing we need. Earlier this year, legislators struggled to balance Colorado’s complicated budget, as is required each year by law, while also providing services that our communities need. Between requirements for education spending, the Gallagher Amendment and other constitutionally-mandated spending, Colorado’s Constitution is a web of conflicting, locked-in, spending requirements.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 10, 201621min414

Even after 23 years lobbying at the state Capitol, Jane Urschel says she learns something new all the time. “Every day is different,” she says. “There’s no continuity — you just go down there and find out what the surprise is for the day, then you deal with that.” Urschel is in charge of advocacy — not just lobbying, though that’s a big chunk of it — for the state’s school boards, serving as deputy executive director of the Colorado Association of School Boards, known as CASB.