Budget, hemp and broadband dominate final days

The last two weeks of the 71st General Assembly is underway. I don’t think it can come fast enough. Patience is wearing thin on the members. With days left in the session and over 100 bills still...

DATE: May 4, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State Senate

Much accomplished, remains with three weeks to go

There are only three weeks left in the 71st Colorado General Assembly, but the pace will certainly change. It is always a lot of hurry up and wait, but from now on, it will be hectic. I have had...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State Senate

Budget week brings long days, hectic schedule to Legislature

It has been a hectic couple weeks at the Capitol, as it has also been budget week, which is long with many debates. It is too bad that some amendments to the budget can be so contentious that some...

DATE: April 10, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State Senate

Is it possible that the American Dream is killing us?

WASHINGTON – It isn’t often that economics raises the most profound questions of human existence, but recent work of economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton (husband and wife, both of Princeton...

DATE: April 6, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State Senate

The federal budget is a massive national slush fund

WASHINGTON — There was bound to be a political commotion when the Trump administration released its 2018 budget. After all, it isn’t every day that the White House proposes deep cuts in agency...

DATE: March 30, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State Senate

Schools, horses, camels and coal

The first day of spring has arrived and the legislative session is more than halfway over. Last week, we had our first late night of debate on the Senate floor. We have already had some late-night...

DATE: March 27, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State Senate

From the Senate: on ground water, coal rolling and charter schools

These have been interesting times in the General Assembly. The worst of government rears its ugly head every now and then. That has been the case these past few days. In my last column, I...

DATE: March 13, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State Senate

Water, special needs, private property on the docket

The first half of the 71st General Assembly is one-third of the way through. I have been successful on several bills so far. Three of my bills in one day has been the most. The one thing that makes...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State Senate

Coram: Legislative session slowly ramping up

It seems to me as if the session just started yesterday, but the fact of the matter is, we are closing in on one month. It has been the slowest month I recall in my previous six years. This session...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State Senate

Busy times for new face in Senate

After a busy summer and a fast-paced fall, I am back at work in the 71st Colorado General Assembly. Things are a little different for me. I am missing a couple of my trusted friends and very good...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State Senate

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