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.
2016 Colorado Legislature
One member of the Joint Budget Committee called the budget "almost miraculous," but legislators warn that upcoming budgets will be just as tough.
- Republicans say it's a waste of money to try to comply with the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. Democrats insist that Colorado should move ahead on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas.Read more
- Young people who live with a parent or guardian for a year can qualify for the in-state rate. However, many homeless youth can't.Read more
- Democrats want to redefine the hospital provider fee. That would effectively allow the state to hold onto hundreds of millions of dollars.Read more
- A series of compromises appear to have made the difference.Read more
- The law has twice been used to clear murder charges against state inmates accused of stabbing to death another inmate who entered their cell.Read more
The budget avoids threatened cuts to higher education. However, hospitals and road construction take a hit.
- Unless lawmakers reach a deal, the division and its 95 workers would lose funding on July 1.Read more
- The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District board has made moves to create a specific fund of extra grants for certain groups that target underserved communities.Read more