Politics

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Time is ticking for Colorado lawmakers at halfway point of legislative session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Whether to place a measure on the fall ballot to raise sales taxes to pay for transportation projects will be a major focus of lawmakers as they enter the second half of the 2017 legislative session. But it won’t be the ...


GJ attorneys 
urge a vote 
on Gorsuch

By Gary Harmon

Several Grand Junction attorneys signed on to a letter urging two U.S. senators from Colorado to vote for Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. The Garfield County Commission also approved a letter of support for Gorsuch, who ...


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City Council candidates square off

By Amy Hamilton

Jesse Daniels thinks sales of retail cannabis can bump up revenues for Grand Junction. Grand Junction Mayor Phyllis Norris would rather not see the businesses here because of what she sees as the drug’s negative social ...


Opposition comes early to tax hike for transportation

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It didn’t take long for opposition to mount in the Colorado Legislature against a proposed ballot measure to increase sales taxes to fund transportation projects. A day after Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, ...


Tax increase proposed for transportation

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill introduced into the Colorado Legislature late Wednesday calls for a measure to be placed on this fall’s ballot to raise taxes for transportation projects. The measure, HB1242, is part of a compromise between ...


Groundwater measure stalls in committee

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to change the way groundwater rights are disputed drew a lot of interest in a House committee Tuesday, but no formal vote. The measure, SB36, that cleared the Colorado Senate unanimously, got a bit bogged down in the ...


Bill to alter TABOR gets initial OK

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Though many still aren’t with him, more Republicans in the Colorado House have lined up with Rep. Dan Thurlow over a bill to alter the way the state’s revenue cap under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights is ...


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Commission may conduct own tax-appeal hearings

By Gary Harmon

The Mesa County Commission can save about $10,000 a year by conducting its own hearings on appeals of valuation, the county clerk said Monday. Commissioners took the idea under advisement. Based on the county’s experience in 2015, the ...


County doubtful about state loan program request

By Gary Harmon

A Grand Junction entrepreneur urged the Mesa County Commission on Monday to participate in a state program aimed at making loans available for a variety of energy-efficiency, water-saving and other improvements. Commissioners, however, are ...


Bipartisan vote kills bill to fix ‘glitch’ in grocery liquor-sales

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Some called it a simple cleanup bill, but others said a measure dealing with last year’s law opening full-strength liquor sales to grocery stores did a lot more than that. Because of that dispute, a measure that was ...


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