Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Bill to close urban renewal tax-incentive loophole dies on Colorado Senate floor

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DENVER - A bill that could have jeopardized the proposed Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Conference Center in Aurora by shutting down a tax incentive loophole was effectively killed by its own sponsors late Monday. Senate Bill 284 had to get its first hearing on the Senate floor Monday or...

  • Pay raises for elected officials gets approval in Senate

    Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Under a bill that passed the Senate Tuesday, county and state elected officials would get a roughly 30 percent pay increase. Senate Bill 288 passed on third and final reading 21-14 with opposition coming from both sides of the aisle. With session ending on Wednesday, the bill must be...

  • Colorado Springs Senator angered at amendments to his testing bill

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    DENVER - A grand bargain was reached Monday on the issue of reducing the number of standardized tests given in Colorado's public schools - ninth-grade math and reading exams will continue under both bills being considered - enraging some while pacifying others. Sen. Michael...

  • TABOR 'fix' passes House and heads to Senate

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    A bill brought after a request from Gov. John Hickenlooper to address the state's "fiscal thicket" caused by the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights passed the House Monday and is headed to the Senate. House Bill 1389 would "reduce" state revenue below the TABOR limit (a limit on how much...

  • Colorado House, Senate play chicken on key bills as session nears end

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    DENVER - In the three remaining days of the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers will tackle some hefty issues: reductions in standardized tests, a multibillion-dollar fix for the state's pension system and a postponement of TABOR refunds that would allow a billion dollars to be...

  • Colorado Senate set to vote on controversial bill that could stymie Aurora hotel project

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    DENVER - The burning question in the Colorado Legislature is whether a proposed bill would affect millions of dollars in tax increment financing incentives pledged to the controversial Gaylord Rockies hotel and conference center in Aurora. The answer at the Capitol on Wednesday night...

  • Colorado lawmakers consider bill to close controversial blighted land loophole

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    DENVER - The four year dispute over millions in public subsidies for the Gaylord Rockies hotel and conference center peaked Wednesday night as lawmakers considered a bill that would close a loophole that allowed the city of Aurora to use urban redevelopment incentives for a project on...

  • Last-minute bills involve spending, saving billions of dollars

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Three bills tackling complex and highly charged issues were introduced Tuesday and Wednesday, a week before the 2015 General Assembly adjourns sine die (without a date for meeting again). That means hearings over the next five working days that will stretch late into the night on...

  • Colorado House, Senate at odds over agency's telecom oversight role

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    DENVER - House Democrats and Senate Republicans are at odds again, this time over whether to renew all or just part of the Office of Consumer Counsel, a state agency that represents the public during hearings for proposed utility rate increases. Senate Republicans want to continue the...

  • Colorado farmers, ranchers cite water rights in fighting bill

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Several farmers and ranchers along the Lower Arkansas River remain opposed to a bill they say will harm their water rights, but proponents say Senate Bill 212 is essential to protect the public from floods and contaminated water. "It does harm rights, or it has the potential to harm...

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