Legislative News

Sen. Udall imposes ban on own earmarks

Calls for Senate to do same

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Saying “the process of earmarking has become like a drug to many members of Congress,” U.S. Sen. Mark Udall announced Tuesday he would put a halt to his own earmark requests and joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers calling for a Senate vote on a “binding earmark moratorium” as soon as this week.

State budget feeling the pinch with end of federal dollars

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter laid out the state’s 2011-12 budget on Election Day Tuesday, saying the $19.1 billion spending plan is “fiscally responsible and moves Colorado forward on the road to recovery.” But the cuts to the 2011-12 budget show that the state is beginning to cut into essential services, the result of both the recession and the end of one-time federal dollars that kept the budget balanced.

Amend. 62 supporters offer own ‘Blue Book’

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

This week, advocates for Amendment 62 and supporters of legalized marijuana are offering their own versions of the Legislative Council-produced voter guide, known as the “Blue Book.”

Amendment 62 backers lose round one

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Backers of the “Personhood” amendment who attempted to force a change to the voter guide “Blue Book” were turned back in their efforts in Denver District Court last week. But despite the costs that it might incur, an appeal is planned, say Amendment 62 supporters.

Tax amendment foes foresee economic nightmare

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Imagine Invesco Field at Mile High filled nearly to capacity with newly unemployed Coloradans. That’s the image that opponents of Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 want voters to have in their minds as they cast their votes this fall on the three anti-tax amendments.

Proponents of Personhood Amendment feeling blue about current ‘Blue Book’

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Supporters of Amendment 62, the “Personhood” amendment that voters will decide in November, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Denver District Court asking for a temporary injunction to stop the state from printing and mailing out the statewide voter’s guides, known as the Blue Books.

Revenue forecasts spell more budget cuts

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Governor Bill Ritter is back to the drawing board this week to find more ways to cut the 2010-11 budget after new revenue forecasts show this year’s books are once again out of balance.

Secretary of State’s office looking to cure the ‘cure’ in next legislative session

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher plans to ask the Colorado General Assembly next year to eliminate the statute governing “cures” for citizen-initiated petitions.

‘Big 3’ ballot issues garner big opposition

By Ellen Miller
WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION – Colorado has plenty of money, and, unless the state’s voters further restrain it, state government will continue to divert funds into programs it shouldn’t be funding, a backer of the so-called Big 3 ballot issues told Club 20 last weekend.

'Cure' to be cured

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher plans to ask the Colorado General Assembly to eliminate the statute governing “cures” for citizen-initiated petitions in the 2011 session.