Politics

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McInnis: Sales tax increase necessary

By Gary Harmon

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis pitched a still-to-be-drafted tax increase to skeptical Republicans on Friday, saying that it would take the taxes from 8,400 new homes each year to replace the revenues lost to the departure of the ...


Guv signs bills aimed at keeping mental health patients out of jail

By Charles Ashby

Rural jails won’t have to keep mental health patients for very long under a bill signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper this week. That measure, SB207, is the result of long discussions prompted by a governor’s veto last year. The ...


No special session, Hickenlooper says

By Charles Ashby

It’s taken Gov. John Hickenlooper nine days to announce what most others in the Statehouse already knew. There won’t be a special session. The day after the 2017 session ended May 11, Hickenlooper said that while he thought it was ...


Mesa County board, senator at odds over asset-forfeiture bill

By Gary Harmon

Mesa County wants Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto a bill the commissioners said would hamstring law enforcement in rural areas by limiting civil forfeiture actions. The bill, HB 1313, prohibits seizing agencies from receiving ...


Ray Scott, Chris Holbert

Capitol consensus: Parties tout legislative session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Troopers, transportation, transparency in government, oh, and dance halls and Pueblo chili. From the serious to the inane, the Colorado Legislature managed to accomplish much during the 2017 session that ended last week despite ...


Guv ponders special session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Even though he called the 2017 session of the Colorado Legislature the most productive since being in office, Gov. John Hickenlooper still is considering convening a special session as early as later this month. In comments to ...


Lawmakers adjourn without agreement on broadband service

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Much of the really big stuff was a foregone conclusion on the final day of the 2017 legislative session Wednesday, but a few controversial issues still came down to the wire before the Colorado General Assembly adjourned late ...


Legislature takes aim at CenturyLink foot-dragging

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Several state lawmakers didn’t mince their words Tuesday when talking about telecommunications provider CenturyLink and problems with bringing high-speed internet services to rural parts of Colorado. In short, the ...


Hospital, road bills on way to guv

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Despite many attempts to alter the deal on the second-to-last day of the 2017 session Tuesday, a measure to turn the state’s hospital provider fee program into a standalone government business and issue bonds to fund ...


County still lagging, but improving

By Gary Harmon

Sales-tax revenues leaped in April, giving additional reasons for optimism about Mesa County’s economy, but the county is far from having achieved economic recovery, County Administrator Frank Whidden said Monday. Whidden spent part of ...


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