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GE Johnson CEO named to state education board

Governor Bill Ritter has appointed Jim Johnson, president and CEO of Springs-based GE Johnson Construction Co., to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. Johnson will serve on the board through 2014. It was the final round of appointments for the outgoing governor.

More cuts coming to Colo. budget this year

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Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter is ready to announce his plan to deal with a $262 million revenue shortfall to balance this year’s budget. That will be on top of the estimated $1.1 billion lawmakers will be forced to cut next year. The balancing plan being announced Friday follows last month’s quarterly revenue forecast, which showed… Continue Reading More cuts coming to Colo. budget this year

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Gov. Bill Ritter announced today that Colorado will opt out of a federal Medicare rule that requires physician supervision in rural hospitals for certified registered nurse anesthetists. Colorado joins 15 other states – many of them large, western and rural – that have opted out of the rule since it became an option in 2001.… Continue Reading Colorado opts out of anesthesia rule

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Colorado budget cuts going deeper

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Gov. Bill Ritter may be forced to cut another $189 million from Colorado’s budget because of a sluggish economic recovery and lower-than-expected revenues. State budget officials compared the recovery to having a hangover – they say the economy is a little bit slower, a little less energetic than expected. In June, Ritter was forced to… Continue Reading Colorado budget cuts going deeper

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A new health insurance plan to cover people with pre-existing conditions is now available in Colorado.

The plan began accepting customers today. Gov. Bill Ritter says providing insurance for people who’ve suffered from diseases could reduce the cost of health care.

The plan is a result of health care reform passed by Congress this year and will be phased out in 2014 when the core parts of that legislation takes effect.

Colorado is one of 29 states that will administer their own plans. The federal government will run the program in the remaining 21 states. Continue Reading Gov. Ritter unveils new health insurance plan

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New law cuts auto registration late fees

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Gov. Bill Ritter has signed a bill to reduce late vehicle registration fees following complaints from owners of trailers and vehicles that got little use. The new law reduces the penalty for late registration of non-motorized trailers that weigh between 2,000 and 16,000 pounds. Motorists clamored for changes after last year’s transportation bill increased the… Continue Reading New law cuts auto registration late fees

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Ritter signs college transfer bill

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Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill that allows statewide transfer agreements in 14 program areas for the state’s two-year and four-year higher education institutions. Under House Bill 1208, students who graduate from a two-year community college with an associate degree in one of the program areas, can then apply for admission to a four-year institution… Continue Reading Ritter signs college transfer bill

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Responding to criticism from lawmakers and jobseekers, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter issued an executive order Wednesday directing state agencies to track job creation. The executive order requires the Colorado Economic Development Commission to include information about job-creation activities in its annual report to the state Legislature. It also instructs the commission to prepare a plan… Continue Reading Colo. governor issues order to track job creation

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Ritter will sign $18.2B budget

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The $18.2 billion budget passed by legislators is about to become law. Gov. Bill Ritter planned to sign the budget bill Thursday. It will take effect in July, when the fiscal year begins. Schools will get 6.4 percent less than usual, and some districts are planning for layoffs. The state will save money because growth… Continue Reading Ritter will sign $18.2B budget

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Pinnacol valued at $374 million

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Pinnacol Assurance is worth as much as $374 million to the state, the Denver Post is reporting. That value, figured according to an an Morgan Stanley analysis, is nearly twice the amount the state-chartered workers’ compensation insurance fund offered the state under a proposal that would grant the quasi-governmental agency nearly full autonomy. Pinnacol officials made the offer… Continue Reading Pinnacol valued at $374 million

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