• Report: PERA misses short-term target, but long-term outlook stays sunny

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Colorado's public employee pension missed its target this year for investment returns, according to the annual financial report released Tuesday, but officials with the Public Employees' Retirement Association say the long-term picture is still bright. The 2014 return on investment...

  • Colorado officials praise progress of restorative justice programs

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    The Weld County juvenile was facing serious charges. He'd brought a knife to middle school and shown it to two girls, who felt threatened. Mothers of the victims wanted him prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, likely a felony. But when they all sat down together, things...

  • Potential El Paso County commissioner candidates eye district boundary changes

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    El Paso County commissioners will vote Thursday on new boundaries for their districts ahead of the 2016 election, and for potential candidates, a new map could mean a change in political aspirations. Three seats on the County Commission will be open in 2016, with no incumbent seeking...

  • Reports provide differing outlooks on Colorado retirement program

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    DENVER - Dueling reports on Colorado's Public Employees' Retirement Association were released Monday. One showed the huge economic impact PERA has across the state pumping billions into the economy via thousands of retirees. The other highlights a $25 billion unfunded liability that...

  • Colorado outdoor initiative's goal: Get children closer to nature

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    DENVER - Communities across the state can apply for a share of $25 million in grants to help build outdoor spaces and encourage Colorado's youth to use them under a new five-year initiative launched Thursday by Gov. John Hickenlooper. The Inspire Initiative is being funded through...

  • New law removes state income tax for Coloradans in military

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    DENVER - One bill Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law this year is intended to be a homecoming of sorts for Colorado's active-duty military. Active-duty military members are provided with a list of the 30 states that either don't have income tax or exempt military members from...

  • Regulation of Colorado's marijuana industry is a work in progress

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    In the final days of the 2015 legislative session, Gov. John Hickenlooper's office asked for a $300,000 earmark to fund a crackdown on toxic pesticides being used in legal marijuana grows in Colorado. It was a last-minute scramble in response to a very real health and safety issue...

  • Hickenlooper's tally on 2015 bills: 362 bills signed into law, 3 no signature, 3 vetoes

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper continued his trend of using his veto power sparingly, rejecting only three bills lawmakers placed on his desk during the 2015 legislative session. And two of those bills were on the same issue - cameras used to catch red-light runners. Hickenlooper...

  • Tony Exum will try to win back his House seat

    Megan Schrader
    Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Former state Rep. Tony Exum announced Friday he will try to win back his House of Representatives seat in 2016. Exum, a Democrat from Colorado Springs, lost to Republican Rep. Kit Roupe in November for House District 17 after just a single term in office. The southeast Colorado...

  • Colorado to ask voters for state to keep marijuana tax money

    By MEGAN SCHRADEr megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    DENVER - Colorado voters will be asked in November whether the state can retain an estimated $58 million in recreational marijuana taxes that have been collected this fiscal year. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Thursday morning that puts the question on the ballot. Voters...

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