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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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Fort Lewis College boosts efforts to recruit students

As Fort Lewis College anticipates an enrollment decrease again next year, staff and faculty are intensifying recruiting efforts to turn the slide around. “A large part is our gradual move to 2019...

DATE: April 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Legislative Roundup: Budget balancing bills clear House

DENVER – Between the two chambers of the state Legislature, 35 bills were scheduled for third reading, nine received a second reading and 21 went before committees Monday. Floor work Ten of the 12...

DATE: April 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News