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Lawmakers made billions in cuts to finish budget

By John Frank THE COLORADO SUN In the final hours of the lawmaking session, the General Assembly finalized a $30.3 billion state budget after weeks of difficult work to close a $3 billion deficit. Instead of expressing relief at the finish line, the top legislative budget writer issued a warning. “For those of you who haven’t heard the

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State legislators seeking to help renters

By Jordan Chavez 9NEWS A lot of people are struggling to pay rent and Democratic Governor Jared Polis’ executive order protecting Coloradans from evictions is about to expire. State legislators are quickly working to make sure people who’ve been negatively impacted by COVID-19 get some money. Colorado state senators heard a second reading of a

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COVID-19 relief legislation moves forward

By Ark Valley Voice Staff ARK VALLEY VOICE Bills Prioritize Personal and Economic Support for Vulnerable Communities Three critical bills for Coloradans passed the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Wednesday. These bills use funds from the federal CARES Act to provide direct relief to Coloradans for housing assistance, utilities, mental health, and

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Colorado Senate passes FY20-21 Long Bill

By Bella Combest PAGOSA DAILY POST On Saturday, June 6, the Joint Budget Committee Vice-Chair Dominick Moreno and Senator Rachel Zenzinger released the following statements after the Senate passed Colorado’s long bill budget for FY20-21 (HB20-1360) on a vote of 24-9. “The impact of COVID-19 on Colorado’s fiscal health is almost incomprehensible,” said Sen. Moreno,

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Lawmakers add to PERA’s long-term debt

By Brain Eason THE COLORADO SUN Just two years after Colorado approved sweeping pension reforms aimed at wiping out what was then an unfunded $32 billion debt to public sector retirees, state budget writers — facing a financial catastrophe of their own — have temporarily undone a portion of the landmark rescue package. The Joint

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Colorado needs feds to step up

By Dominick Moreno and Rachel Zenzinger THE DENVER POST Last week was the most difficult week we have ever faced as elected officials or members of the Joint Budget Committee. We had tearful discussions prior to gut-wrenching decisions as we addressed devastating health and economic issues in our state budget. Before the virus hit, Colorado

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Would emergency tax work in Colorado?

By Andrew Kenney CPR NEWS Colorado’s lawmakers have one main focus for the next few weeks: cuts, cuts and cuts. When they reconvene at the legislature next week, they will have to find agreement on how to reduce state government spending for next year by billions of dollars. The damage may be heaviest for education, health and

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Schools will see almost $1 billion in federal dollars

By Erica Meltzer CHALKBEAT Colorado’s K-12 schools and higher education institutions will get nearly $1 billion in additional federal money to offset costs associated with coronavirus response. Gov. Jared Polis on Monday issued an executive order describing how the state plans to distribute $1.67 billion from the federal coronavirus relief bill to local governments and

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Colorado faces $3.3 billion hit to 2020-21 budget

By Blair Miller, Meghan Lopez DENVER7 Colorado lawmakers are looking at a budget shortfall of about $3.3 billion for the 2020-21 fiscal year including carryover from this year due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a Legislative Council Staff economic forecast released Tuesday. State lawmakers said Monday they had expected to slash between $2 billion and$3

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