Kumbaya on the ‘Long Bill’

April 11, 2018

(April 11) – With nary a no vote this afternoon, the Joint Budget Committee resolved disagreements between the House and Senate on the state budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Today’s action by the JBC, which has three Democrats and three Republicans, was crucial to reconcile divergent versions of HB18-1322, aka the “long bill.”

Bipartisan Support for a Strong CO Budget

March 29, 2018

(March 29) – The House of Representatives voted 42-22 today to approve the state budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins July 1.  “Our strong economy has made our job easier, allowing us to make new investments in education, infrastructure and a variety of other priorities that have been denied or underfunded for many years,”

Strong CO Budget Survives GOP Onslaught

March 29, 2018

(March 28) – During a marathon 10-hour session that just beat a midnight deadline, the House of Representatives cast a series of voice votes late tonight to approve a state budget package for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins July 1. “We had an unusual number of amendments and we’ll have to reconcile some budget-balancing

A Strong Budget for a Strong Colorado

March 23, 2018

(March 23) – After a series of votes to address a wide variety of high-priority needs, the Joint Budget Committee today finalized its draft of the state budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins July 1. “Our strong economy is allowing us to invest in education, infrastructure and a variety of other priorities that

Strong CO Economy Gets Even Stronger

March 19, 2018

(March 19) – The state government’s leading economists issued sunny forecasts today while warning of increasing volatility that could cause the Colorado economy to, as the chief legislative economist put it, “turn on a dime.” Issuing their quarterly updates on economic trends and state revenues, Kate Watkins, the chief economist of the Legislative Council, and

‘No Shortage of Unmet Needs’

January 3, 2018

(Jan. 2) – Speaker Crisanta Duran and the chairwoman of the Joint Budget Committee welcomed Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposal this afternoon to spend roughly $300 million in additional state revenue, highlighting the range of “unmet needs” that must be balanced in the coming months. In economic and budget forecasts delivered late last month, the state

CO Economic Forecasts Call for Smooth Sailing

September 20, 2017

(Sept. 20) – The leading economists in the state government are predicting a short-term uptick in the Colorado economy and a longer-term trend of continued steady though modest economic growth in Colorado and for the nation as a whole, with continued low unemployment in the state and a low risk of nationwide recession. Appearing this

Economic Growth Continues, But Challenges Remain

June 20, 2017

  (June 20) – Colorado continues to experience solid economic growth, the state government’s leading economists told the Joint Budget Committee today. “That Colorado has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation and we are experiencing continued economic growth in part thanks to the work we’ve done over the last few years,” said Rep. Dave

Guv Signs Hospital/Budget Fix

May 30, 2017

(May 30) – A bipartisan measure to save hospitals from devastating budget cuts and begin to address a variety of budget shortcomings was signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper. “It took a lot of work to get to where we are today, but it was time well spent because all Coloradans will benefit,”

Lauded Long Bill a Long Time Coming

May 26, 2017

(May 26) – Gov. John Hickenlooper this morning signed the 2017-2018 state budget, helping to make official the bipartisan spending package that averts many of the cuts feared at the beginning of the 71st General Assembly. The other major component of the package, SB 267, which avoids major cuts to the state’s hospital system, and

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