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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonJune 6, 20186min509

Now that the governor and legislature have guaranteed regular checks will be forwarded to stave off any imminent collapse of Colorado’s Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), perhaps it is time to examine another unfunded liability that lurks in the state budget. As ominous as the term sounds, an unfunded liability is merely a debt – a promise to pay. In our personal lives we live with many such obligations in the form of mortgage payments, car loans and credit card balances. Banks trust (some of us more than others) that we will hold on to our jobs and punctually manage these debts.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 3, 201810min798

The battle is heating up over how Colorado draws its legislative and congressional boundaries. After failing to knock out a pair of proposed redistricting and reapportionment ballot measures in court, a rough coalition of mostly liberal and good-government groups filed competing ballot measures in late December and is vowing to take the choice before voters this fall — potentially a case of, if you can't beat 'em in court, join 'em on the ballot.


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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandDecember 20, 20179min630

While Colorado’s economy is still on the upswing, state economists are waiting to see what comes out of Washington, D.C., in the weeks and months ahead, and how federal tax reform legislation will affect Colorado’s coffers. But the news looks good for possible funding bumps for transportation, one of the major issues left behind in the 2017 legislative session.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightApril 6, 201711min362

Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Colorado U.S. Sen. Gary Hart officially announced his second run for U.S. president on his home turf at Red Rocks Amphitheater, saying, among other remarks, “I guarantee you that I’ll make some mistakes.” At a press conference the next Tuesday, in Denver City Council chambers, he said that he had referred to campaign tactical issues, not mistakes on issues. He told reporters that he would be better prepared for victory — or defeat in 1988.