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.
A multi-million dollar national ad campaign increased the number of tourists flocking to Colorado last year. The state's tourism director wants to spread that CO love to rural areas too -- while protecting the state's natural resources from being loved to death.
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.