Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Colorado governor signs education bills to boost workforce development

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    DENVER - Colorado students could soon be able to graduate in six years with a high school diploma and an associate's degree - all on the state's dime. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday that allows a workforce development program to come to Colorado known as P-TECH, for...

  • Colorado Springs mayor among those who want veto of urban renewal bill

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Mayor Steve Bach wants Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto a bill that he said could hinder future economic development projects in Colorado Springs by requiring negotiations with counties before cities can use tax increment financing as an incentive for urban renewal projects. "The bill...

  • Klingenschmitt opponent will give it another try

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Dave Williams, the 28-year-old who lost to Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt in a GOP primary last year, announced this week he will run for state House District 15 again in 2016. Williams raised more money than Klingenschmitt, but lost by 6 percentage points in June. Klingenschmitt...

  • Colorado legislators put on a happy face over just-ended session

    Updated: Sat, May 9, 2015

    Looking back on the just-ended Colorado legislative session, Democrat and Republican leaders were quick to praise bipartisan bills on testing, workforce development and policing - issues that gained widespread acceptance from the outset. But in their post-session talks, they seemed...

  • Governor talks successes, disappointments of Colorado legislative session

    Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    DENVER - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper lobbied hard behind the scenes during the 120 days of the legislative session for a way the state could keep millions of dollars for education and transportation instead of giving it back to taxpayers. "I took out the Senate president and the...

  • Busy final day of Colorado Legislature results in testing compromise

    Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    DENVER - Some called it "magic," others merely said "acceptable," but before the gavel fell on sine die for Colorado's 2015 General Assembly, a compromise was worked out to reduce standardized testing in Colorado public schools. Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bill....

  • Not everyone is happy with compromise reached on Colorado testing bill

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    DENVER - A group of senators favoring fewer tests and more local choice sounded off on a testing compromise Tuesday night, calling it a "back room deal" and "token bill" that falls short of what parents, teachers and students have been asking for the past 119 days of the legislative...

  • Colorado legislature's attempted tweaks to TABOR laws go nowhere

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    DENVER - Millions of dollars in anticipated tax refunds went unchanged this legislative session despite being the Senate president's top priority and the governor's call to address the "fiscal thicket" caused by constitutional constraints on the state budget and spending. Colorado's...

  • Locals may get say in urban renewal

    Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    DENVER - While the most dramatic urban renewal bill of the 2015 legislative session died Monday, a bill to give counties and other taxing entities a seat at the table when urban renewal authorities are doling out tax increment financing incentives passed the Senate on second vote and...

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

    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    DENVER - A bill that could have jeopardized the proposed Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Conference Center in Aurora by closing 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 it...

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