The rural sustainability bill still has a long way to go in a legislature where byzantine fights over finances have bedeviled compromise for years.
Hospital Provider Fee
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.
- The bill would have freed tens of millions of dollars in future spending on roads and education.Read more
Depending on whom you ask, a fee hospitals pay is either the answer to some of the state's budget woes, or illegal government overreach.
- Democrats want to redefine the hospital provider fee. That would effectively allow the state to hold onto hundreds of millions of dollars.Read more
In a conversation with CPR News, the governor also addressed the chances of moving Gitmo detainees to Colorado, and the possibility of another recession.
- Republicans who control the state Senate oppose the governor's proposal to remove about $750 million in state hospital patient fees from state spending limits.Read more
Pupil enrollment is down, and local communities' contributions were higher than expected.