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Lawmakers are considering a bill this year that would give local governments more leeway in requiring private developers to build affordable housing, though critics say the proposal is merely a back-door to controlling rents. The author of House Bill 1017, Rep. Daniel Kagan, D-Denver, said his aim is fix two problems: lack of affordable housing… Continue Reading ‘Rent control’ bill an effort to increase affordable housing

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Colorado revenue forecast improving

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Colorado lawmakers got a dose of good financial news on Friday, but they warned it is not time to go on a spending spree or try to revoke austerity measures already under way. The news came on the same day some lawmakers were nearly reduced to tears as they were forced to cut $260 million… Continue Reading Colorado revenue forecast improving

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Colorado rafters say they will continue to fight for the right to navigate the state’s whitewater rivers after a Texas development company threatened to shut them down. Continue Reading Colo. lawmakers trying to protect river rafters

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I took the trip to Denver last week for the annual Colorado Springs Day at the Legislature. As usual, I learned as much from interacting with others on the trip as I did listening to some of our elected officials. Gubernatorial candidates John Hickenlooper and Scott McGinnis spoke to the group. While I liked both,… Continue Reading Matejczyk: My day under the Dome

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Colorado lawmakers say they’re making progress on bills to create jobs and increase the use of renewable energy as they near the halfway point of their 120-day session. But House Speaker Terrance Carroll, a Denver Democrat, said Friday the biggest fight is yet to come as lawmakers prepare to balance next year’s budget in the… Continue Reading Budget cuts loom as lawmakers reach halfway point

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Job training is at the top of the list for the 2010 legislature. State lawmakers plan to unveil the package at 2 p.m. today at the Jefferson County Workforce Center in Golden. Gov. Bill Ritter also will discuss a statewide “CareerReady Colorado certificate” program, certifying that prospective workers have achieved certain skills needed on the… Continue Reading Job training legislation to be unveiled today

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