Ryan Maye Handy

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Will rural residents reap benefits from reinsurance plan?

DENVER – Colorado’s reinsurance plan, passed by lawmakers in the final days of the legislative session, promises to reduce individual insurance premiums on the Western Slope by 30%, bringing relief...

DATE: May 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Polis touts legislative wins, including education, health care

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis is celebrating the 72nd legislative session, his first as governor, as a success for his top priorities – the expansion of early childhood education and tackling high...

DATE: May 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado embraces Super Tuesday, but at what cost?

DENVER – Colorado expects to pay about $6.3 million to run a March 2020 presidential primary, after a 2016 decision by voters to jettison a cheaper, but confusing, caucus process to determine...

DATE: May 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Did Colorado Legislature deepen rural-urban divide?

DENVER – Southwest Colorado lawmakers were instrumental in passing groundbreaking bills this legislative session that guarantee free early childhood education; lay the groundwork for a cheaper,...

DATE: May 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Full-day kindergarten bill heads to Polis’ desk

DENVER – Free, full-day kindergarten will be available to all Colorado kids this fall, thanks to the final passage late Tuesday of House Bill 1262, which sets aside $175 million for the program....

DATE: May 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

With legislative session winding down, key health care bills remain unresolved

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis and state lawmakers have pushed an ambitious health care agenda in the past four months, but with less than two weeks left of the legislative session, lawmakers may run...

DATE: April 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

No new gymnasium for Fort Lewis College as Colorado budget signed into law

DENVER – Colorado’s $30.5 billion budget for the next fiscal year has been signed into law, but it does not include $25 million in funding for Fort Lewis College’s planned expansion of its Whalen...

DATE: April 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plan to double Parks and Wildlife fines gains momentum in Colorado

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers have given initial approval to an effort to double or triple fines for hunting and fishing violations in Colorado’s state parks, part of an ongoing effort to update the...

DATE: April 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Recall efforts ramp up amid controversial legislation

DENVER – In January, when Mesa County residents heard that state lawmakers had introduced a bill that would fundamentally change presidential voting in Colorado, they started grabbing County...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Jared Polis highlights efforts to reduce health care costs

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis unveiled a “road map” Thursday for reducing health care costs in Colorado, highlighting at least 10 bills to address hospital charges, a state-backed insurance plan, a...

DATE: April 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Surplus barely scratches surface of Southwest Colorado’s road needs

DENVER – Southwestern Colorado needs more than $470 million to improve roads, but an effort to use surplus tax money to cover those costs will fall far short of the region’s needs. This year,...

DATE: March 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Program adds incentive for rural teachers

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis signed into law Monday a bill that will expand a program offering rural teachers stipends, an incentive that lawmakers hope will draw teachers to the schools most affected...

DATE: March 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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