Legislative News

New guv talks jobs and ‘kitchen table’ budget

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper gave his first State of the State address Thursday, touching on themes of budget discipline and fiscal restraint, partnership, and priorities for his administration.

Inaugural party features boots, bolos and barbecue

The Colorado Statesman

At the end of a busy day that began with hand-warmers and hot cocoa in bone-chilling temperatures on the steps of the state Capitol, more than 3,000 revelers toasted Gov. John Hickenlooper’s brand-new administration on Tuesday at an inaugural barbecue and dance followed by a rock concert that lasted until the wee hours.

Hickenlooper first looks west to develop statewide economic development plan

Western Slope Correspondent

FRUITA — Cross-promoting Colorado’s businesses, landscapes and small-business innovation is a key to driving economic development during hard times, Gov. John Hickenlooper told more than 100 Western Slope elected officials, economic development experts, association employees and a scattering of private business people Friday.

Legislative leaders talk of new year, new hope

The Colorado Statesman

When Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, bangs the gavel as the next Speaker of the House, it will be for the first time, officially, but he’s been practicing.

State Republicans talk business and budget

Republican Study Committee, CACI host pre-legislative forums
The Colorado Statesman

Statehouse Republicans preparing for the opening of next week’s legislative session met this week with business groups on regulatory reform and reviewed the Independence Institute’s proposals on how to solve the state’s budget woes. But the forums excluded Democrats, sometimes deliberately, and conservative solutions presented by some of the groups are unlikely to get Democratic buy-in. And in one of those sessions, it was hinted at that some of the priorities of the Hickenlooper administration might not match those of the Republicans in the House and Senate.

More cuts likely in 2011-12 budget

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s current and future governor may not have to come up with any more cuts to the 2010-11 state budget, but the 2011-12 budget is another matter.

Redistricting process goes bipartisan

Legislative leaders hope to forestall partisanship

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado legislative leaders hope to avoid one of the most contentious issues in the 2011 session — redistricting — by putting the process into the hands of a 10-member joint select committee that will solicit input from Colorado citizens on the next congressional district boundaries.

Unconstitutionality of health care bill in other states could affect Colorado

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers hopes that a Florida federal judge this week will decide that the federal health care reform act is unconstitutional, the same conclusion reached earlier this week by a federal judge in Virginia.

Civics Day gives teachers refresher on state issues

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. Michael Johnston, D-Denver, the sponsor of the controversial teacher tenure bill SB 10-191 in the 2010 session, became, ever so briefly, the focus of attention from teachers again last week, as part of Colorado Civics Day at the state capitol. And Johnston’s efforts to explain the bill may have at least assuaged some of their concerns.

JBC: K-12 to take another hit in 2011-12

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Despite a decade of improved funding for K-12 education, the outlook for its funding is likely to take another substantial hit in 2011-12.