Friday, February 18, 2011

Colorado Political News Brief – 2.18.2011

Homeless hate crimes bill moves forward
The Senate Finance Committee passed a bill to prevent hate crimes against the homeless, Thursday. SB 004, sponsored by Senator Lucia Guzman (D-Denver), adds homeless persons to Colorado’s Bias-Motivated Crimes statute….. Read More

State budget cuts could hit Greeley and Weld County hard
“They’re pretty much taking almost everything they can,” said Don Warden, Weld County’s director of budget management. “They’re desperate. They have to come up with $1.3 billion. … They don’t have a choice. They’ve taken all the low fruit at the state, and now they’re making tough choices and certainly sharing the pain.” ….. Read More

Douglas Bruce’s charity tax returns spotty at best
Douglas Bruce, a candidate for the Colorado Springs City Council, has spent more than 20 years in Colorado politics as an activist, a candidate and an office holder. He even founded a nonprofit charity in 2001 that has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on various campaigns….. Read More

Hickenlooper - state employees will work harder for less
As part of the Gov. John Hickenlooper’s budget balancing plan, he is calling on government employees to reach into their wallets and put an additional 4.5 percent of their monthly salary into the state pension plan….. Read More

Colorado Springs on path toward ‘financial crisis’
The City of Colorado Springs’ spending levels and unfunded liabilities are leading it into a “downward spiral” and potentially toward a “financial crisis,” according to a report by the City Committee of Colorado Springs….. Read More

Udall offers bill to broaden ski-area use
Every winter, over 10 million skiers and snowboarders flock to Colorado to enjoy the ski areas that have made Colorado an international icon for winter recreation. Ski areas are a critical part of our state's recreational and tourist economy - but many struggle to provide jobs during the summer months….. Read More

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