State budget and tax

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Hospitals could lose $264 million under proposed budget

DENVER – The state’s budget is rounding into form and hospitals appear to be taking the biggest hit. That is because lawmakers working on the budget opted to not collect $264 million from the...

DATE: March 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional news

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Hospital Provider Fee bill killed in favor of new effort at Colorado Capitol

DENVER – The Hospital Provider Fee debate was all set to be renewed at the Colorado State Capitol on Tuesday, but abruptly came crashing to a halt. Senate Bill 57 would have done away with the...

DATE: March 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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GOP-led panel defeats bid to limit tax refunds

DENVER – A Senate committee led by Republicans who oppose tampering with the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights on Monday defeated a measure to ask Colorado voters if they want to keep more tax revenue for...

DATE: March 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional news

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$700M revenue shortfall looms as Colorado budget talks begin

DENVER – New revenue forecasts for the 2017-18 fiscal year released Friday brought good news: Colorado’s economy is growing and its unemployment rate continues to drop. And bad news: There is a...

DATE: March 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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GOP-backed bill to increase revenue passes test in state House

DENVER – A Republican bill that would allow Colorado to keep more of the tax revenue it already has to spend on roads, education and health care cleared a hurdle in the state House on Tuesday. The...

DATE: March 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional news

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Durango City Council rethinks marijuana grow facility ban

Marijuana grow facilities near Three Springs have the Durango City Council rethinking a ban on the operations within city limits. Councilors previously decided grow facilities were not appropriate...

DATE: March 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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2 Fort Lewis College trustees approved in Colorado Senate

DENVER – Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees is starting to take shape – with two members approved Thursday by a state Senate committee. The members, Ernest House Jr., executive director of the...

DATE: March 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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N.M. Democrats unveil their budget-fix plan

SANTA FE – The Democratic majority in the New Mexico House of Representative pushed forward Monday with a budget plan that would hold state government spending steady in the coming fiscal year, as...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional news

New Mexico lawmakers near compromise to fix budget deficit

SANTA FE – The New Mexico state Legislature moved closer Monday to approval of a solvency package to fix a budget deficit and shore up depleted reserves, with the endorsement of school district...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional news

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Hickenlooper mulls pot sales tax hike

DENVER – Recreational marijuana products could see a price hike this year if a proposal from the governor’s office to raise the tax rate on them is approved. The move is an effort to combat the...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Colorado Department of Higher Education requests budget increase

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Higher Education is seeking a budget increase of $20.5 million for the 2017-18 fiscal year because of increased health insurance costs and a need to moderate...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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New Mexico budget crisis rears its head in courts, colleges

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s grinding budget crisis is taking a toll in courtrooms where overburdened attorneys have denied legal counsel to poor defendants, at museums reeling from layoffs and...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional news