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The 10 biggest takeaways from the Colorado legislature: Traffic jams, pot, shoddy construction & more

The Colorado legislature adjourned on Wednesday, and the afterglow shines a light on what exactly happened in the 120 days that lawmakers quarreled under the gold dome in Denver. Counting down the hits, here are the 10 things you should know about what just happened:   10 — Sanctuary cities, right to rest, no more Columbus Day […]

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A style change in the Colorado Republican Senate helped advance critical issues

Prior to the start of the legislative session in January, Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham said restructuring a hospital fee to raise money for state services was off the table. House Speaker Crisanta Duran, a Democrat, said the point was so lost, it was the definition of insanity for her party to keep asking. Republicans […]

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New plan unveiled to raise money for critical Colorado state services with days left in legislature

Despite a dramatic back-and-forth Monday over a plan to free money for critical state services, legislative leaders say they are close to a compromise. The proposal would create a 20-year bond program to direct $1.8 billion towards critical infrastructure, including roads and highways. The first iteration of the legislation started with a $1.35 billion bond program. Lawmakers […]

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Hickenlooper vetoes tax credit extension for cigar retailers

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday vetoed legislation what would have addressed a tax credit on cigars shipped out of state. The bipartisan Senate Bill 139 would have allowed cigar retailers to claim a tax credit on the state’s 40 percent excise tax for out-of-state sales. The credit is set to expire in September 2018. The […]

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Governor signs bill preventing double-taxation of businesses

It’s bad enough if your business mistakenly pays sales or use taxes to the wrong local government. Worse still, though, is when your business is forced to remit the same amount to the correct local government — without having been reimbursed for its innocent mistake in paying the wrong one. That actually has happened, as noted by legislative researchers who did […]

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ICYMI: Forgery no-no, SAT test sure looks new, teen seeks DPS board seat and more

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A couple of Mesa County women didn’t fool anyone when they allegedly tried to cast second ballots in last fall’s general election by forging the names of current or former relatives. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported the two face possible voter fraud charges. It doesn’t sound like the SAT test this year’s 11th graders […]

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TABOR reform bill by maverick Republicans meets demise in GOP committee

Senate Republicans on Monday killed a TABOR reform effort by one of their own to allow the state to retain excess revenue when economic times are good. On a party-line vote, the TABOR reform measure died in a Republican-controlled “kill committee,” where legislation deemed unfavorable by the majority party is sent to die. What was […]

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