Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 14, 20186min441

The Colorado Senate considered a bill to beef up funding for transportation without raising taxes Wednesday but it bogged down in amendnents about where the money would go, as well as delivering a tacit protest of the bill's sponsor. Senate Bill 1 would ask voters in November to set aside more than $300 million a year in existing sales taxes and fees to repay more than $3.5 billion in loans to jump-start major projects, especially widening Interstate 25 north of Monument and Denver, as well as the I-70 mountain corridor.


Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandMarch 13, 20189min1598

The Trump administration is OK with a ban on bump stocks. The Florida Legislature, despite opposition from the National Rifle Association, last week approved a package of gun control measures, including a ban on bump stocks that increase the firing capacity of normal rifles. Colorado's state Senate is a week away from hearing a bill that would take the same step. But it won't pass here, according to Senate Republican leadership. And they're backed by several gun rights groups that all oppose bump stock bans and which have been generous with Senate Republicans.


Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 11, 20184min158
Two left-leaning policy think tanks in Denver are calling out the Colorado legislature to put people over roads in transportation and tax-cut bills. “Colorado is one of the strongest state economies in the country, it’s in a ‘hole’ when it comes to funding the public supports that help many Colorado families and communities thrive,” states […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 28, 20182min109
A bill supported by the Colorado truckers to fight human trafficking rolled out of the House and headed for the Senate Tuesday. House Bill 1808 would add human-trafficking prevention to the training regiment of those seeking a commercial driver’s license. Truck stops are magnets for prostitutes, and the Colorado-based Truckers Against Trafficking was formed in […]

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Randy BaumgardnerRandy BaumgardnerJanuary 17, 20186min8710

Coloradans and voters across the state agree that Colorado’s roads are in terrible shape and that improving and maintaining our state highways and roads needs to be Priority One for the state’s lawmakers. The mystery is why in the face of this broad, statewide consensus, from Grand Junction to Colorado Springs and Aurora to Alamosa, it is so difficult to get Colorado’s governor and all state lawmakers to prioritize state budget dollars to match the size of the problem.


Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 6, 20173min403
The way justice is meted out in Colorado could change, giving judges more say in habitual offender and sex offender cases, through bills bound for the legislature. The Sentencing in the Criminal Justice System Interim Study Committee is proposing bills to allow judges more leeway in sentencing to make sure the punishment fits the crime. The […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 28, 201710min3770