GOP Kills Another Jobs Bill

March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012 (Denver) –Republicans put party politics over good policy again today when they voted to kill a bill in the State, Veterans & Military Affairs committee that  would have connected Colorado veterans to jobs. Rep. Joe Miklosi’s bill would have allowed veterans to check a box allowing the Department of Labor to share contact

Proposal to Help Take Big Money out of Campaigns Dies

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 (Denver) –Rep. Pete Lee’s bill to encourage more Coloradans to run for office and help curb the influence of special interests in elections was killed in the State, Military & Veterans Affairs committee today. HB12-1235, sponsored by Rep. Lee (D-Colorado Springs), would have created a campaign contribution fund that would have helped finance

Bill to Save Schools Money Killed by GOP in Committee

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 (Denver) –Rep. Andy Kerr’s bill save schools money by encouraging energy efficient standards in schools failed in the State, Veteran & Military Affairs committee today on a party-line vote. HB12-1235, sponsored by Rep. A. Kerr (D-Lakewood), would have given numerous options for school districts to align with energy efficient standards when building new

Mixed Bag for Enterprise Zone Reform

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 (Denver) – Three bills that form part of House Democrats’ 2012 jobs package went before the House Finance Committee today. One bill survived. Rep. Mark Ferrandino’s HB12-1241 passed on a 12-1 vote. The bill would create a task force to recommend reforms to the state’s enterprise zone system. One possible solution: automatic five-year

The Clock Is Ticking

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 (Denver) – Despite broad bipartisan support and the fact that it saves taxpayers more than $164,000 a day, a bill changing how Colorado counties and cities can invest their savings languishes on the House calendar because the Republican leadership refuses to bring it to a floor vote. HB12-1005, sponsored by Rep. Dan Pabon

GOP Kills Singer’s Bid to Crack Down on Wage Theft

February 28, 2012

February 28, 2012 (Denver) – House Republicans have defeated a measure to send wage thieves to jail. Rep. Jonathan Singer’s HB12-1296, adding wage theft to the Colorado criminal code, was scuttled today in the House Judiciary Committee on yet another party-line vote. The tally was 6-5. Current law treats wage theft – the failure to

Key Jobs Bill Passes Committee

February 23, 2012

February 23, 2012 (Denver) – Rep. Crisanta Duran’s bill to invest money in workforce and entrepreneurial training for the unemployed passed today in the Economic and Business Development Committee on a 7 to 4 vote. HB12-1272, sponsored by Rep. Duran (D-Denver), would invest $8 million into enhanced unemployment benefits for unemployed people who want workforce or entrepreneurial training

GOP Kills Schafer’s Radon Safety Bill

February 23, 2012

February 23, 2012 (Denver) – Republicans killed a bill today that would have protected more Coloradans from radon gas hazards in their homes. The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee voted 5-4 on party lines to kill the bill. Rep. Larry Liston (R-Colorado Springs) indicated that the recovery of the housing market trumped Coloradans’ health.

House GOP Kills Workforce Bill

February 22, 2012

February 22, 2012 (Denver) –House GOP members showed again today where their allegiance is—to partisan politics and not Coloradans—as they killed a measure to promote adult literacy and increase vocational certification to help Coloradans get back to work. Rep. Young’s bill to implement a pilot program that would integrate basic education and skills training failed on

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