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Education, pensions top priorities in Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2018-19 budget

DENVER – Increasing education funding, stabilizing state pensions and boosting reserves to prepare for the eventuality of an economic downturn are top priorities in a $30.5 billion budget for the...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

City of Durango seeks feedback on cuts to transit budget, services

Residents who use the city’s buses may have fewer route options in April because the city needs to cut up to $1.5 million from the transit budget. The city will hold an open house tonight to gather...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hospital Provider Fee reform signed into law in Colorado

DENVER – The saga of the Hospital Provider Fee came to an end Tuesday in Fowler, a town of just over 1,100 people east of Pueblo, when Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 267 into law. The...

DATE: May 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Legislature OKs controversial charter school funding bill

DENVER – The controversial topic of equitable funding for Colorado charter schools was put to rest for the 2017 Legislative session Wednesday with the passage of a bill on the distribution of local...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Last minute bill approval spares hospitals from $264M cut

DENVER – In the closing moments of the Legislative session, lawmakers avoided taking $264 million in federal funds away from Colorado’s hospitals, and designates funding for transportation. Senate...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Hospital Provider Fee reform continues to move forward

DENVER – Financial relief for Colorado’s hospitals and promotion of rural areas is one step closer to becoming a reality after the Senate gave preliminary approval to a Christmas tree bill that...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chaos breaks out during school finance debate

DENVER – The Senate was thrown into chaos briefly Friday as rule books and copies of the Colorado Revised Statutes were thrown open to check procedures because of a ruling by a committee chairman....

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado’s $28.3 billion budget clears the legislature

DENVER – The $28.3 billion state budget cleared the Legislature on Wednesday. That means that the loss of $264 million in federal matching funds for hospitals in the 2017-18 fiscal year is merely...

DATE: May 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

State Democrats reject compromise on hospital fee

DENVER – Lawmakers continue to struggle to find a compromise that would spare Colorado’s hospitals from the budgetary chopping block. Negotiations on Senate Bill 267, which contains a number of...

DATE: May 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Amendment to school finance act leads to squabble

DENVER – The annual decision on how much state funding school districts will get for each pupil is eagerly awaited as they prepare their budgets. But this year, an amendment to the School Finance...

DATE: April 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Education

‘Final’ $28.3 billion Colorado budget heads back to floor

DENVER – Colorado’s $28.3 billion budget continues to inch toward approval by the state Legislature. On Thursday, it was rebalanced and approved by the Joint Budget Committee that crafted the...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Southwest Colorado hospitals could lose more than $4 million

DENVER – The financial impact of balancing Colorado’s budget on the backs of healthcare providers just became a little more tangible. The Colorado Hospital Association released a report Monday on...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News