Capitol tallies state budget

DENVER — Democrats and Republicans struck a deal on the state budget Tuesday, bringing an end to days of closed-door drama.Democrats won lower cuts to public schools, while the GOP got tax breaks...

DATE: April 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Parks-wildlife merger moves

DENVER — Senators moved forward with a proposal to merge the state divisions of wildlife and parks Thursday, although two retired chiefs of those agencies warned them to slow down.The proposed...

DATE: April 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Bill addresses payday lenders

DENVER — Payday lenders would be able to keep more fees from their customers under a bill the House passed Thursday.The high-interest lenders fought hard last year against new regulations on their...

DATE: April 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

GOP leader fires back at tea party

DENVER — A Republican leader pushed back Tuesday at tea party critics who accused her of selling out the opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care bill.A group called Liberty Watch...

DATE: March 31, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Agriculture bill taxes ‘gentlemen farmers’

DENVER — “Gentlemen farmers” could face higher property tax rates under a bill the House passed Tuesday.House Bill 1146 makes it easier to charge higher residential property tax rates on land...

DATE: March 31, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Court rules on S. Ute water

DENVER — A divided state Supreme Court has ruled for several Bayfield-area ditch companies in a water rights dispute with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.The 4-3 ruling solidified water rights for...

DATE: March 31, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

House studies energy bill

DENVER — A Republican lawmaker who blames former Gov. Bill Ritter for a decline in the gas industry partially backtracked from his plan to undo Ritter’s pro-environmental reforms Wednesday.Rep. Ray...

DATE: March 31, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Schools face cuts

DENVER — School leaders from across the state descended on the Capitol on Thursday to plead for a stay of execution as legislators get ready to vote on a historic budget cut for schools.Gov. John...

DATE: March 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Politicians battle for budget

DENVER — The machines in the cluttered, basement print shop across the street from the Capitol should be humming right now, printing hundreds of copies of the 2-inch-thick state budget.But the shop...

DATE: March 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Senate passes civil unions

DENVER — The state Senate approved civil unions for gay and lesbian couples Thursday after what the sponsor called a “historic and civil debate.”Gays and lesbians cannot marry in Colorado, but...

DATE: March 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Energy tax legislation fails

DENVER — State senators killed a last attempt by local governments to protect their gas and oil tax money Monday.Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, wanted her House Bill 1123 to stop the Legislature...

DATE: March 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

House passes immigration

DENVER — Cities and counties that refuse to join a federal immigration database would lose grants from the state under a bill the Colorado House passed Tuesday.House Bill 1140 would force all...

DATE: March 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World