House GOP Votes to Expand Unproven Tax Giveaways

April 5, 2012

April 5, 2012 (Denver) – House Republicans gave initial approval today to a bill to expand state tax breaks for corporate tourism projects, brushing aside Democratic assertions that the program lacked necessary guardrails, was inappropriate and did more harm than good. SB12-124, sponsored in the House by Rep. B.J. Nikkel (R-Loveland), would increase the number of

Film Incentives Program Funded

April 5, 2012

April 5, 2012 (Denver) – A bipartisan bill to incentivize film and video game production in Colorado, bringing more good jobs to Colorado’s burgeoning creative industries passed the House Appropriations Committee this morning on a 10-3 vote. House Bill 1286 sponsored by House Democratic Leader Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) and Rep. Tom Massey (R-Poncha Springs) incentivizes the

Duran’s Jobs Training Bill Passes House

April 4, 2012

April 4, 2012 (Denver) – Rep. Crisanta Duran’s bill to invest money in workforce and entrepreneurial training for the unemployed passed the House today with a 48 to 16 vote. HB12-1272, sponsored by Rep. Duran (D-Denver) would invest $8 million in enhanced unemployment benefits for unemployed people who want workforce or entrepreneurial training. This bill would

Governor Signs Key Dems Jobs Bill

April 2, 2012

April 2, 2012 (Denver) –A key component of House Democrats’ 2012 jobs agenda was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper today. The Skills for Jobs Act, sponsored by Rep. Daniel Kagan (D-Englewood), bridges an information gap by directing the Department of Higher Education and the Department of Labor to develop workforce projections, using data already being collected.

Solano Gets an Education Bill Passed!

April 2, 2012

April 2, 2012 (Denver) – April Fool’s Day was yesterday. Today, Rep. Judy Solano really did get an education bill through the House. HB12-1261 extends a successful stipend program to that supports teachers who complete the rigorous National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification and who commit to teach in low-performing Colorado schools. Students taught by

JBC Wraps Up Long Bill

April 2, 2012

April 2, 2012 (Denver) – The legislative Joint Budget Committee finished work today on the 2012-13 state budget, completing the apportionment of  increased revenues with special attention to education and seniors. Several highlights of the budget agreement completed today include: ·        $57.2 million for the School Finance Act ·        The

Dems, GOP Reach Compromise on Budget

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 (Denver) – The legislative Joint Budget Committee scored a breakthrough today on the 2012-13 budget, reaching a compromise that will avoid further layoffs of state employees in a time of rising state revenues. The action ended a four-day standoff in the budget-writing committee, which is split 3-3 between Democrats and Republicans. The compromise

GOP Kills GOP Bill to Drug-Test Public Assistance Recipients

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 (Denver) – Under withering criticism from House Democrats, Republicans pulled the plug today on their bill to require applicants for public assistance to pass a drug test to qualify for benefits. Democrats paraded to the well to denounce HB12-1046, sponsored by Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling), as an unconstitutional presumption of guilt, a waste

Two Good Democratic Bills Face Same Defeat in Committee

March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012 (Denver) –Two Democratic-sponsored bills with ample support were killed today in State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on party-line votes. SB12-143, sponsored by Rep. Dan Pabon (D-Denver), would have directed the Office of Economic Development to provide information online featuring any non-confidential, non-proprietary data pertaining to Colorado-based businesses. This would have also directed

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