Kagan’s Skills for Jobs Act Passes House

February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012 (Denver) – A key component of House Democrats’ 2012 jobs agenda squeaked through the House today when Rep. Daniel Kagan’s Skills for Jobs Act passed on a 33-30 vote. The bill bridges an information gap by directing the Department of Higher Education and the Department of Labor to develop workforce projections, using data

Panel Ignores Parents’ Right to Manage Their Children’s Education

February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012 (Denver) – Republicans killed a bill recognizing parents’ right to “opt out” their children from high-stakes standardized testing when Rep. Judy Solano’s HB12-1049 died on a 5-4 party-line vote today in the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. Federal law requires a 95 percent participation rate in standardized testing in every state,

Rep. Williams Wants Foreclosure Settlement Money To Counsel Struggling Homeowners

February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012 (Denver) – Rep. Angela Williams (D-Denver) hailed today’s announcement that Colorado would receive a $204 million share of a $25 billion nationwide settlement with the top five mortgage lenders over abusive practices in foreclosures against millions of American homeowners. She asked that part of Colorado’s share go to expand a statewide foreclosure prevention

Panel Kills Rep. Hullinghorst’s Pay-as-You-Go Bill

February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012 (Denver) – Republicans threw fiscal conservatism out the window Wednesday night when a common-sense bill sponsored by Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Gunbarrel) to require the legislature to identify a specific source of funding for every new expenditure was defeated in the House Finance Committee. The party-line vote was 7-6. HB12-1039, dubbed Pay as