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Public Lands Day in Colorado Saturday is a chance for both sides of the debate to give it some thought

From the time she entered the legislature in 2015, state Sen. Kerry Donovan saw the discussion of public lands creeping out to the extreme. And appreciating the peace, beauty and economic necessity is anything but an extreme Colorado view, said the lawmaker for the heart of the state’s central mountains. “Public Lands Day was an […]

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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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#Coleg Week 17: Hospital fee, high-risk pools, transportation reprise, forced pooling, Columbus Day, sanctuary cities

Colorado's "gold dome."
The big game this week will strut into the open on Tuesday at 8:40 a.m., when the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 267, the forebodingly titled “Sustainability of Rural Colorado” proposal. The bill would rescue the proposed state budget from its wretchedness by refilling $500 million in hospital cuts and generating […]

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Slow-motion replay: Cooke unleashes legislative jiu jitsu on energy efficiency program

State Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley, at the Capitol, March 15, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Sate Sen. John Cooke, a Republican from Greeley, played point-man Thursday in an effort to kill a popular Colorado energy efficiency program, which he argued was an absurd waste of money and a form social engineering. But House Bill 1227, which would reauthorize the ten-year-old program, isn’t dead yet, and its bipartisan supporters didn’t submit […]

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Give us the news: Lynchpin hospital fee bill still under wraps

The dome as seen from the Legislative Building. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

“Senate Bill 267 will be laid over,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Kevin Lundberg. “We’ll begin with…” But the room wasn’t listening to him anymore. Nearly all of the reporters and lobbyists sitting arrayed before the committee members rose from their chairs and headed to the door. “Thank you for coming, everyone,” joked one of […]

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With Esgar on board, House Dems pass bitter-pill measure to slash hospital funds, advance budget debate

Colorado House Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder, toughs out a vote on the budget that might end in slashing $500 million from hospitals that serve hard-pressed residents. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Democratic leaders dodged a bullet Tuesday afternoon and passed with one vote to spare a crucial “orbital” budget bill that nevertheless threatens to blow a gaping hole in state hospital budgets and shutter healthcare facilities in already woefully underserved rural districts. Senate Bill 256 passed on 33-31 vote. Four Democrats joined the Republican caucus to […]

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Colorado Senate advances ban on toxic ‘coal rolling’ cultural protest

Rolling coal. (AP)
Colorado lawmakers are inching toward outlawing “coal rolling,” the practice of adjusting the workings of a diesel truck in order to let loose at will clouds of unfiltered exhaust as a form of cultural protest in an age of electric cars and climate change. The state Senate voted on Wednesday to pass a revised version […]

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