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Houses Passes Short-term Extension of Highway Trust Fund

The House easily passed a ten-month Highway Trust Fund patch yesterday on a lopsided vote, and with just over two weeks until DOT has to cut payments to states, the fate of fund now lies with the Senate. Across the … Continue reading

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NAR Supports Bill to Reform Secondary Mortgage Market

NAR sent a letter to Congressmen John Carney (DE), John Delaney (MD), and Jim Himes (CT) thanking them for introducing the “Partnership to Strengthen Homeownership Act of 2014,” a comprehensive approach to reforming the secondary mortgage market. NAR appreciates their … Continue reading

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No Special Session

The Governor has given up trying to create compromise legislation to avoid the contentious gas and oil ballot initiatives being pushed by Congressman Polis and others. In his statement Governor Hickenlooper said, “Over the past several months, we have worked … Continue reading

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Local Control Initiative Won’t Make Ballot

Supporters have halted efforts to put Initiative No. 75 on the fall ballot this year. Two initiatives supported by Congressman Jared Polis may still make the ballot. Number 88 would require  2,000 foot setbacks. Number 89 contains an environmental bill … Continue reading

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Weld County: Does Fracking Hurt Home Prices?

Congressman Jared Polis, who represents Larimer and Boulder Counties, has been in the news because of his role in pushing constitutional initiatives that would further restrict gas and oil development in Colorado. On He has said many times that he … Continue reading

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Loveland: Council Begins Funding for South Catalyst Project

After a long discussion the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance on first reading to appropriate $6.25 million in general fund dollars to acquire property for the South Catalyst project. The proposed project, a partnership with the Michaels Development Company … Continue reading

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Larimer County: Commissioners to Decide Open Space Tax

The Larimer County Commissioners will have an interesting decision to make on July 29 regarding a proposed open space ballot question. On July 17 the Larimer County Open Lands Advisory Board voted to recommend that the Commissioners move forward with a … Continue reading

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Longmont: Council to Consider Extending Transportation Tax

On July 22 the City Council will consider an ordinance on first reading to extend the current ¾ cent transportation tax for another 10 years. In April the Council had told staff it wanted to review an ordinance that would continue … Continue reading

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Longmont: Mall Financing Decision Not Made in Haste

Recently the Longmont City Council voted recently to use a financing tool called certificates of participation (COP) to help fund the redevelopment of the Twin Peaks Mall. But in spite of claims made by some critics, the decision was discussed … Continue reading

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Boulder County: Commissioners Choose Flood Recovery over Sustainability

Earlier this year a group of residents asked the Commissioners to consider a sustainability measure that would include support for energy efficiency, sustainability programs, and local food infrastructure. Surveys have consistently shown strong support for sustainability initiatives and in a … Continue reading

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