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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonMay 30, 20185min1018

There were several flashes of bipartisan compromise at the close of the legislative session that provide a glimmer of hope for the emergence of a Colorado First political majority. It’s not a sure thing by a long shot, but it feels like our major political parties are starting to respond to pressure from voters who are enlisting in the “Lets get something done, even if we have to pay for it…” caucus. The legislature’s eleventh-hour approval last year for a reclassification of the hospital provider fee, exempting these revenues from TABOR spending restrictions, proved a harbinger for what transpired this year. During the closing hours of the 2018 session transportation funding, phase 2 of a PERA bailout, redistricting reform and more were pushed across the finish line.


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Simon LomaxSimon LomaxMay 14, 201811min1417

What is the purpose of state government: To provide basic services to the public, or ever-increasing amounts of money to pension funds? That’s the question Colorado taxpayers will be asking today, tomorrow and long into the future after the passage of SB-200, a reform-and-bailout bill for the state’s public pension system. Passed just minutes before the end of this year’s legislative session, the bill aims to fix a $32 billion unfunded liability at the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA), the state’s pension fund manager.