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Colorado state news and state government coverage from our correspondents on the Front Range. 

Why international trade missions could be beneficial

Nov 7, 2017
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Colorado is a global player for both the import and export of goods and services. Some of this business is drummed up by international trade missions. Gov. John Hickenlooper recently returned from India and is already hinting of possible partnership announcements at the start of 2018.

A project to create a passenger rail line from Fort Collins to Pueblo – and even further – is still in its early stages. The Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission in charge of the project briefed state lawmakers on Thursday.

Jacob Riger, the vice-chair of the Commission said the group would spend part of next year establishing a preferred route for the line.

Former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo has added his name to the list of people vying to become Colorado’s next governor.

Hickenlooper unveils proposed 2018 budget

Nov 2, 2017
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Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Wednesday. It would put more money into education, public safety and a rainy day fund.

President Trump recently declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency. Colorado lawmakers are poised to take more action on the topic than ever before.

Broadband issues are on the ballot this election

Nov 1, 2017
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Turnout is expected to be low for the Nov. 7 election. That’s largely because there is no statewide ballot question to help generate excitement for or against an issue.

About one third of Colorado cities and towns are holding elections on Nov. 7. The most common question voters will face is whether to allow their community to explore other options for receiving broadband.

Hickenlooper back from India trip

Oct 24, 2017

Gov. John Hickenlooper is back from a two-week trade trip to India. The focus was tech start-ups and entrepreneurship.

A group of Colorado lawmakers are working to lower health insurance premiums for residents on the individual market created in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. Rates are predicted to rise 34 percent on average next year. There are concerns that healthy people will opt out of coverage and that could cause rates to rise even higher as the insurance risk pool thins out.

Bob Collins, a small business owner and the father of three in Thornton, said the rise will cost him $18,000 to cover his family next year. That’s a significant increase to what he pays now.

Senate passes budget for next fiscal year

Oct 23, 2017

The U.S. Senate passed the budget for next fiscal year with no Democratic support. Colorado’s two senators voted with their respective parties.

Election ballots are in the mail for Colorado

Oct 17, 2017

November election ballots are being mailed to voters across Colorado this week. There’s no statewide ballot question this year.

Denver submits bid for Amazon HQ2

Oct 15, 2017
Amazon

The Denver region is submitting its bid for Amazon’s second headquarters on Monday. The giant internet company announced last summer that it was building a second headquarters outside of Seattle.

Colorado senators weigh in on Iran nuclear deal

Oct 11, 2017

Colorado’s Senators are weighing in on the possibility that President Trump will decertify the Iran nuclear deal this week in favor of a tougher policy.

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Lawmakers examining state water issues are wrapping up their work ahead of next year’s legislative session.

Lawmakers discussed ways to assist young farmers

Oct 9, 2017

State lawmakers met on Friday to discuss how to promote and help young farmers.

 

Legislators are trying to consolidate all the information on loans, state and federal resources, and other help into one single location to make it easier. Nathan Weathers owns Weathers Family Farms in Yuma. He said the biggest thing Colorado could do is improve amenities that young farmers want.  

Four years ago state lawmakers – and the governor – created a law to help undocumented children follow their American dreams. They allowed them to pay the significantly cheaper in-state tuition to go to state colleges instead of higher out-of-state prices. The requirements: They must graduate from a Colorado high school that they’ve attended for three years and promise to pursue citizenship.

“This is an issue that has been a challenge in our state and our country for many years,” said Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran, one of the main sponsors of Senate Bill 33.

On Oct. 2, members of Colorado’s legislature are set to gather for a special session.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has been clear on why he thinks a special legislative session is needed. Some tax revenues, he said, are not going to places like the Denver Zoo and museums because of a mistake in a bill he signed earlier this year.

For only the second time during his tenure as governor, John Hickenlooper is calling lawmakers back to the Capitol outside of their regular session. He wants them to fix an error that is keeping thousands of dollars from getting to the Denver Zoo and regional transportation districts.

But a special session may not lead to a simple fix.

New health insurance rates for Colorado released

Sep 20, 2017
Elise Thatcher

New figures from the non-partisan Colorado Health Institute say close to 95 percent of Coloradans have health insurance. But getting to 100 percent will be difficult.

Hickenlooper calls special legislative session

Sep 17, 2017
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Colorado lawmakers are headed back to the state capitol much sooner than expected. Gov. John Hickenlooper has called for the first special legislative session in five years. It’s to fix an error on a bill that prevented cuts to rural hospitals and set aside money for roads.

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