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GOP sponsors of Hospital Provider Fee bill outraged with Colorado governor

  Two Republican state lawmakers are irked at Gov. John Hickenlooper for not signing a bill to maintain funding for rural hospitals at one of the hospitals that would have been affected. Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, and Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, who sponsored the omnibus bill that provided money for roads, schools and hospitals, told […]

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Noonan: Late session bill dance frustrates citizens and reduces oversight

Paula Noonan
The last full week of the 2017 General Assembly had 220 bills still unfinished, with three bills introduced within five days of the end of session. Five big bills, two negotiated for wins and three up in the air, were on the docket. SB17-267, the Sustainability of Rural Colorado bill, initially received support for its […]

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The 10 biggest takeaways from the Colorado legislature: Traffic jams, pot, shoddy construction & more

The Colorado legislature adjourned on Wednesday, and the afterglow shines a light on what exactly happened in the 120 days that lawmakers quarreled under the gold dome in Denver. Counting down the hits, here are the 10 things you should know about what just happened:   10 — Sanctuary cities, right to rest, no more Columbus Day […]

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Effort to save rural hospitals and fund roads and schools poised for success

Pegged as one of the most important bills of the legislative session, a last-ditch effort to fund transportation, schools and hospitals appears poised to cross the finish line. After hours of debate on Monday, which continued into early Tuesday morning, the House backed an effort to create a 20-year bond program to direct $1.8 billion […]

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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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House Majority Leader on crucial Hospital Fee bill negotiations: ‘We’re so, so super close’

State Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, 2016. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Weeks of tense negotiations and occasional lawmaker blowups are coming to an end, one way or another, over a linchpin bill that in its last iteration would raise $1.8 billion in bond money for state transportation upgrades, save state hospitals from a proposed $500 million cut and lower the state spending limit in future years […]

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