Democratic House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham touted passage of two other bills that had divided their parties for years.
Over the past four months, state lawmakers introduced and debated nearly 700 bills. Among them were some big bipartisan wins — and losses.
The deadly Firestone explosion was a “freak accident,” John Hickenlooper says. He believes that calls for spot checks, and better local-state cooperation are appropriate government responses.
And if so, where? Those questions are worth considering in light of the Trump administration's budget proposal.
The rural sustainability bill still has a long way to go in a legislature where byzantine fights over finances have bedeviled compromise for years.
The Colorado governor says that was the reaction when he expressed concern about proposed cuts to EPA grants. Congress would have to pass a new budget.
Separate bipartisan proposals could raise the state sales tax and free money in the existing budget for roads, schools and health care.
Of all the bills state lawmakers take up every year, the only one they must pass is the budget — and they have to balance it.
Rural Colorado could see a wave of hospital closings if hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts in the proposed state budget go through.
Cuts will impact farmers, air and water, and health care, although, Hickenlooper says, Colorado could benefit from more defense spending.