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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 10, 201615min454

Saying he wanted signs of support from his Republican colleagues before he agreed to continue serving on the Colorado legislature's Joint Budget Committee, that's what state Rep. Bob Rankin of Carbondale received during a party leadership caucus at the state Capitol Thursday, Nov. 10. Rankin, who has been the House GOP member on the JBC for the last two years, faced a challenge from state Rep.-elect Susan Beckman, who defeated Democrat Robert Bowen for the District 38 seat two days earlier in the general election. Rankin and Beckman were both nominated for the JBC slot and Rankin was declared the winner after a secret paper ballot.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 2, 20168min851

A $28.5 billion state budget proposal that calls for cuts to K-12 education, transportation and hospitals to close a projected budget gap of half a billion dollars indicates over spending, not a lack of revenue, according to a Republican member of the Joint Budget Committee. State Rep. Bob Rankin of Carbondale said, in light of many economic studies and Front Range municipal budgets showing a strong economy with increases in sales tax and other revenue, Gov. John Hickenlooper's proposal indicates more demand than forecast revenue.


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Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottFebruary 3, 20165min302
On a day when steadily falling snow piled up by the foot and caused traffic delays throughout the state, lawmakers green-lighted a bill aimed at requiring passenger vehicles to carry proper traction equipment in icy and snowy conditions along the steep and winding 126-mile stretch of Interstate 70 between Dostero and Morrison. House Bill 1039, […]

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Kara MasonKara MasonJanuary 27, 20167min260
Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, has lived the urban-rural divide in Colorado. He has lived along the southern part of the Front Range in Colorado Springs, in Aspen when he started a tech consulting firm, and now in the rural northwestern Colorado town of Carbondale, population of 6,553. The push this legislative session to provide greater […]

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Rep. Bob RankinApril 17, 20154min304
Last week the House of Representatives debated and ultimately passed Senate Bill 234, the annual budget bill, also known as the Long Bill. As one of six members on the Joint Budget Committee (JBC), I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about the Long Bill process and Colorado‚Äôs fiscal year 2015-16 budget. The budget […]

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