Politics

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Stormwater bill a tax, not a fee, lawsuit contends

By Gary Harmon

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and Mesa County are asking a court to halt the collection of a stormwater fee by the Grand Valley Drainage District. The chamber and county, which are splitting the cost of the suit, contend that ...


Proposed new law aims to dump old laws

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Each year, Colorado lawmakers introduce hundreds of bills that make new laws, but few of them actually eliminate unnecessary ones. That, at least, is the premise behind HB1077, said its sponsor, Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce ...


Dems’ bill would increase college tax credit for middle class

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Two Democratic lawmakers want to shift a tax credit for creating college savings accounts for their children away from the very wealthy to the middle class. Under their measure, which won preliminary approval in the Colorado ...


Fracking foes may turn to ballot battle

By Dennis Webb

Two state high court rulings Monday rejecting Longmont’s ban on hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas development and Fort Collins’ five-year moratorium on the process provided clarity as to the limits of local control over the ...


Oil field giants call off merger

By Dennis Webb

The proposed merger of two leading oil field service providers has been canceled, less than a month after a Department of Justice suit challenging it based on anti-competition concerns. Halliburton and Baker Hughes say they have terminated ...


Drainage district vote on Tuesday

By Gary Harmon

About 10,000 voters in the western end of the Grand Valley Drainage District on Tuesday will have the first chance to weigh in on the district’s $3 per month stormwater fee. The two candidates for the open seat on the drainage board ...


Regional Center bill to be heard this week

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Area residents will have one more chance to weigh in on the immediate future of the Grand Junction Regional Center this week. That’s because the House Appropriations Committee is to take testimony on SB178, a measure that ...


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Legislature approves resolution supporting Jordan Cove project

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Legislature added its voice Friday in support of a proposal to build a natural gas export facility in Jordan Cove, Oregon. Under Senate Joint Resolution 39, the Legislature said the proposed project would be a boon ...


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House gives initial nod to provider fee enterprise

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Transportation and education would see more funding, and raided severance taxes would be repaid, if the Colorado Legislature approves a bill to turn the state’s hospital provider fee program into a state-run ...


Work on Clean Power Plan to continue

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The state will continue to work on a plan to reduce carbon emissions despite a U.S. Supreme Court stay on the controversial U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Under a bill that a Colorado House ...


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