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Coloradans may face four spending questions this year

By Jesse Paul THE COLORADO SUN If an 11th-hour Democratic effort to raise nicotine taxes debuted Wednesday makes it to the ballot, Coloradans could face as many as four consequential spending questions when they vote in November. How those efforts could interact remains unknown, but discussion is already underway about the potential consequences of asking voters to

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Special needs students get boost in Colorado bill

By Sandra Fish CHALKBEAT Colorado school districts will get more money for students with more serious disabilities under a Public School Finance Act that received initial Senate approval Tuesday. State Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, an Arvada Democrat, successfully amended Senate Bill 246 to add $22 million in increased funding for students with autism spectrum disorders, visual and hearing

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Gov. Polis signs bill requiring name-based checks

By Joe Moylan GREELEY TRIBUNE Gov. Jared Polis on Friday signed into law a bill requiring certain people to submit to a name-based criminal background check as a condition of employment, appointment, registration, licensure or certification. Current law requires certain people, including applicants for certain licenses, employment, or volunteer activities, to undergo a fingerprint-based criminal

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Colorado school finance coming into focus

By Sandra Fish CHALKBEAT Expect the wrangling over the Public School Finance Act to continue in the next to last week of the 2019 legislation session. With extra money freed up by unexpected property tax adjustments, the Senate Education Committee resisted an attempt Thursday to reduce a $25 million commitment to rural schools to $15 million and

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