• Busy final day of Colorado Legislature results in testing compromise

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    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

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    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

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    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

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    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

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    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...

  • Pay raises for elected officials gets approval in Senate

    Megan Schrader
    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

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    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

    Megan Schrader
    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    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

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    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

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    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...

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