Marianne Goodland

Initiative proposes tax hikes

The Colorado Statesman

Democratic legislators this week unveiled separate tax proposals intended to find a way out of the $375 million budget cut Gov. John Hickenlooper proposes for K-12 education.

DU study: State budget woes never-ending

The Colorado Statesman

A legislative-commissioned study released last week by the University of Denver shows the state faces an enormous structural imbalance, and that even a recovery from the recession won’t be enough to resolve the state’s budget problems.

Steadman and Ferrandino: Bring back tax amnesty

The Colorado Statesman

Two Colorado lawmakers Wednesday said bringing back a 2003 tax amnesty idea, while not original, is creative and could bring in $15 million for K-12 education.

First redistricting meeting focuses on Longmont

The Colorado Statesman

LOVELAND — The Joint Select Committee on Redistricting hit the road Saturday for its first two public meetings on how it should draw the maps that will set new boundaries for the state’s congressional districts.

Denver redistricting hearing draws sparse crowd

DeGette makes pitch to keep Denver intact
The Colorado Statesman

The only redistricting hearing scheduled for the 1st Congressional District, which needs to pick up more than 56,000 people to get it to parity, drew just a smattering of public attention this week.

Suzanne Williams: A woman who stepped forward

The Colorado Statesman

Editorial note: March is Women’s History Month. The Colorado Statesman this month will profile four lawmakers who are leaving their marks. This week: Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora; next week, House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument.

Hickenlooper signs first bills as governor

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper marked the beginning of March with his first bill signing as the state’s 42nd governor. Hickenlooper signed seven non-controversial bills during Tuesday’s ceremony, ringed by 30 lawmakers and dozens of staff and supporters.

Redistricting committee gets first public comments

The Colorado Statesman

LOVELAND — The Joint Select Committee on Redistricting hit the road Saturday for its first two public meetings on how it should draw the maps that will set new boundaries for the state’s congressional districts.

And it became apparent quickly that the battle lines in the 4th Congressional District might come down to how the committee deals with Longmont, or whether it decides to move three communities in the Northeastern part of the 2nd Congressional District into the 4th.

Capitol rally draws union supporters, opponents

Wisconsin public workers at center of controversy
The Colorado Statesman

A noisy noon gathering at the state Capitol Tuesday drew around 1,000 union supporters, who rallied in solidarity with Wisconsin public workers who are protesting at their state Capitol to keep collective bargaining rights.

Party-line votes keep instate tuition bill alive

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats’ latest effort to pass a bill granting instate tuition to undocumented students moved through two committees in the past week and was approved along party-lines both times.