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