Budget

Jul 23, 2014

Appeals court rules TABOR lawsuit can proceed to trial

A federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of TABOR, the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, moved another step forward yesterday.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 6-4 decision, rejected an appeal by Attorney General John Suthers, potentially clearing the way for the case to proceed to trial. The attorney general still has the option of appealing directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jul 3, 2014

The road to 2014

To understand how Colorado finds itself in its current fiscal condition, it is helpful to look back at some critical decisions made by legislators and voters over the last 32 years, and at some of the economic and political factors that drove those decisions. (An update of "The Road to 2007," part of "Looking Forward, Colorado's fiscal prospects after Ref C.")

Road to 2014

Jun 25, 2014

Strong economy, revenue growth predicted, but structural problems persist

Economists from both the legislature and the governor's office predict a sound economy and continued growth in state revenues over the next three years.

Last Friday, economists from the Legislative Council Staff (LCS) and the Governor's Office of State Planning and Budget (OSPB) told the legislature's Joint Budget Committee to expect General Fund revenues to grow between 6.5 and 7.5 percent in fiscal year 2014-15 (which begins next Tuesday) and between 5.65 and 5.8 percent the following year (FY 2015-16).

Jun 23, 2014

More on the cover story: 4 voices on issues facing Colorado higher education

By Ed Sealover
Denver Business Journal

I interviewed many people for the higher-education project in this week's Denver Business Journal print edition going back over a number of years, and I wasn't able to work all of their thoughts – or in some cases, even all of the sources – into the final package.

So, here's a smattering of other important voices on higher education and their thoughts on the state's college and university system.

Jun 5, 2014

Success from the session: It took years of effort, but now Colorado is funding adult education

Signing Adult Ed

Rep. Rhonda Fields and Sen. Rachel Zenzinger flank
Gov. John Hickenlooper as he signs HB 1085. Alison
Suzukamo of the Bell is left of the American flag,
and Frank Waterous is to the right.

By Frank Waterous, Senior Policy Analyst

Sometimes, receiving funding through the legislative process is about more than just the money. Sometimes, it's about making history.

May 29, 2014

Success from the session: P-12 finance bills make key investments, aim to put students on path to success

Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed three bills that make important investments in Colorado's public schools, with an emphasis on programs to support at-risk students, close the achievement gap and put students on a path to success.

These are important bills for Colorado students and their families and, ultimately, our state and economy. Adequate funding is not the only factor affecting education outcomes, but it is among the most important. These investments follow years of cutbacks during the Great Recession.

May 27, 2014

Success from the session: Making child care more affordable will move families toward self-sufficiency

Reps. Crisanta Duran and Tony Exum and Sen. Jeanne Nicholson
flank Gov. John Hickenlooper as he signs bills. Rich Jones
of the Bell is in the rear.

 

Child care will be more affordable for low- to moderate-income working families in Colorado as a result of a trio of bills signed into law last week by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

May 21, 2014

It bears repeating: The 2014 session was great for expanding opportunity

Shortly after the 2014 legislative session ended on May 7, we offered our quick take – a post-game analysis, if you will. Today, we are sending an end-of-session Opportunity News with greater detail and more context on key bills and this session's achievements. We're sticking with our initial impression: This was a great year for expanding opportunity for Coloradans.

Click here or on image to read PDF.

May 20, 2014

Once again, successful session opens doors to opportunity

Shortly after the 2014 legislative session ended on May 7, we offered our quick take – a post-game analysis, if you will. Today, we are publishing an end-of-session Opportunity News with greater detail and more context on key bills and this session's achievements. We're sticking with our initial impression: This was a great year for expanding opportunity for Coloradans.

Click here or on image to read PDF.

May 13, 2014

Legislators make great strides in expanding opportunity (infographic)

The second regular session of the 69th Colorado General Assembly came to a close on Wednesday. From our perspective, it was extremely productive and expanded opportunity for a wide range of Coloradans.

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