Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Colorado Political News Brief – 3.1.2011

DeGette & Vidal – “Keep Denver Whole’
Denver Mayor Bill Vidal and U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver kicked off the testimony, pushing for Denver to remain intact when the new boundaries for Congressional District 1 are drawn….. Read More

Pueblo fights Hickenloopers prison closure
Pueblo City Council is getting into the battle over Gov. John Hickenlooper's intention to close the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas, telling a delegation of Arkansas Valley officials Monday that it would send a letter to the governor opposing any closing….. Read More

Rollie Heath – Lets tax our way out of our budget problems
Boulder’s Sen. Rollie Heath announced Monday that he will try to put a income and sales tax hike on the November 2011 ballot to raise $1.63 billion for K-12 and higher education over the next three years….. Read More

I-70 congestion bill stuck in legislative backups
While the battle over controversial FASTER vehicle registration fees rages on in the state House, Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon – whose legislative predecessors made a priority of transportation funding – is pushing hard to find solutions for the growing gridlock along the Interstate 70 corridor….. Read More

Senate committee backs universal health care legislation
Democratic lawmakers yesterday advanced a piece of legislation that would establish a plan to be referred to voters with the goal of implementing a universal health care cooperative in Colorado….. Read More

House narrowly approves a limited ban on crash taxes
Unpopular "crash taxes", in which local governments charge out-of-town drivers who cause car accidents for emergency services, could be limited in Colorado….. Read More

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