Luke Perkins

Position: Herald Staff Writer

La Plata County collected nearly $650K in 2016 for housing inmates from neighboring counties

DENVER – Some Colorado counties are paying the price for housing prisoners across county lines, while others are reaping the benefits. Archuleta County spent $200,000 housing inmates in the La...

DATE: July 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado governor, policy experts applaud defeat of health care repeal

DENVER – Colorado health care experts and some lawmakers applauded yet another demise of the GOP’s effort to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act, but they recognized the debate is far from...

DATE: July 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango, state LGBT advocacy groups and lawmakers respond to Trump’s tweets

DENVER – State and local LGBTQ advocacy groups as well as Colorado lawmakers responded harshly to President Donald Trump’s tweets announcing intentions to bar transgender people from the military....

DATE: July 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado lawmakers eye changes to conservation easement program

DENVER – An audit of the Conservation Easement Tax Credit Program found the Division of Real Estate was failing to meet statutory obligations and was spending money it didn’t have without clearly...

DATE: July 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado health exchange making strides toward self-sustainability, audit says

DENVER – An audit of Connect for Health Colorado found the state health care exchange has made strides to become financially self-sufficient since 2014, when it was last audited, but needs to...

DATE: July 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Audit finds Great Outdoors Colorado may have awarded $45 million in grants to ineligible organizations

DENVER – An audit released Monday shows that a lack of clear policies and procedures resulted in Great Outdoors Colorado awarding $45 million in grants to organizations that may not have been...

DATE: July 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Q&A: Who can request voter information and what does it contain

DENVER – The Trump administration’s recent request for voter registration rolls to help investigate voter fraud met stiff resistance from many states. The request also prompted multiple lawsuits...

DATE: July 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawmakers eyeing ways to bring school funding into the 21st century

DENVER – Next week, Colorado lawmakers will kick off a two-year evaluation of the formula used to distribute billions of dollars to K-12 schools across the state. In 2017, the Legislature allocated...

DATE: July 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Protest of Betsy DeVos reignites debate on school choice

DENVER – Hundreds of Coloradans protested U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ visit in Denver on Wednesday, largely criticizing her stance on using tax dollars to fund private schools. DeVos is...

DATE: July 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Governors call for non-partisan approach on health care system

DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper and the bipartisan group of governors who openly oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act added their voices to the those calling for a non-partisan approach to...

DATE: July 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado measure would make law free access to public lands for fourth-graders

DENVER – Lawmakers are hoping to take a successful program that gives free access to public lands to fourth-grade students and their families and turn it into a law. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton,...

DATE: July 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rural Colorado counties spending hundreds of thousands on jail overflow

DENVER – Counties across Colorado are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to send inmates across county lines for incarceration, government officials said Monday at the first County...

DATE: July 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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