Luke Perkins

Position: Herald Staff Writer

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: Local News

Bill to prevent federal violations of Colorado constitutional rights dies

DENVER – A measure to protect Coloradans from federal overreach was unexpectedly killed Monday at the request of the bill sponsor. House Bill 1331, which would prohibit state agencies from...

DATE: May 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Last-minute fix for Colorado roads clears Senate committee

DENVER – A last-minute attempt to place a Legislature-initiated transportation funding solution on the November ballot cleared its first hurdle Tuesday. Senate Bill 303, which would establish a...

DATE: May 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

GOP kills Trump inspired tax return disclosure bill

DENVER – A Democratic-backed effort to force presidential candidate to disclose their tax returns met its end Monday in a GOP-held committee. House Bill 1328, which would have made the disclosure...

DATE: May 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flying a pride flag over America’s national parks

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt stood at the entrance of Yellowstone National Park and spoke about what the park and public lands represent. They were an “essential democracy,” providing...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Transportation bill dies as Dems, GOP disagree on tax increase

DENVER – The Legislature primed itself to fall short of its goals Tuesday when it killed the most comprehensive transportation funding package put forward this session. House Bill 1242 would have...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Election transparency measure passes Colorado House

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers on Friday pushed forward a measure to increase transparency in presidential elections. House Bill 1328, which would require candidates for president and vice president...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Legislative Roundup: Bill to push back last call dies

DENVER – The end of the legislative session is creeping up and with it comes a unique way of killing pieces of legislation that are unlikely to survive the two chambers and the Governor’s veto pen:...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawmakers reach a compromise on construction defects bill

DENVER – Efforts to loosen the construction defects litigation stranglehold on affordable housing in Colorado took a big step forward when a compromise was struck late Tuesday night between...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Lawmakers give initial OK to raise hunting and fishing prices

DENVER – The cost of hunting and fishing in Colorado may increase by as much as 50 percent in coming years. House Bill 1321, which would raise the cap across the board for hunting and fishing...

DATE: April 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado State Sen. Don Coram’s bill would level fines for ‘rolling coal’

DENVER – One of the simply joys of life in Durango is the ability to hop on a bike and leave the car at home as you make your way through the day. It’s a defining facet of the city and a common...

DATE: April 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Measure would encourage water efficiency in new construction

DENVER – Lawmakers are eyeing ways to improve water conservation by encouraging higher standards for new construction. House Bill 1273, which would require the inclusion of measures to conserve...

DATE: April 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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