Category Archives: Gov’t Affairs

Boulder County: Flood Assistance Available

Boulder County has been awarded a first-round sum of more than $5 million in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This money is to be used to help … Continue reading

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NAR Pushes for Rural Credit Availability

NAR recently submitted a statement to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit for a hearing entitled, “A Review of Credit Availability in Rural America.”  In the statement, NAR stressed the importance of access to credit for … Continue reading

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FHA Confirms 203k Loans OK for Mitigation

On June 24, the FHA responded to a request from NAR and other groups, regarding the use of the 203k rehabilitation/renovation loan program for flood mitigation.  In the letter, dated February 6, 2014, NAR and the coalition asked FHA to … Continue reading

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Gas Tax Funding Could Be Delayed

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has written all the state DOTs (departments of transportation) to warn them that it will have to delay highway funding reimbursements if Congress doesn’t act to shore up the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), soon. A federal … Continue reading

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Governor Still Trying to Craft Oil & Gas Compromise

Prospects are not looking good for a special legislative session this summer to consider stricter gas and oil regulations. The governor has worked hard to get both sides to the table but faces enormous hurdles with time running out. First, … Continue reading

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Denver’s Failed Affordable Housing Program

According to a recent editorial in the Denver Post, the City’s “affordable housing ordinance has been a failure…. In the past five years, for example, it has resulted in only 16 affordable units being built.” Twelve years ago Denver approved … Continue reading

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Group Lobbies Chairman of House Transportation Committee re I-25

The Chairman of the US House of Representative’s Transportation Committee, Bill Shuster (PA) held a field hearing in Colorado at the behest of Congressmen Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman in preparation for the reauthorization of MAP-21, the federal transportation funding … Continue reading

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Loveland: Fracking Moratorium Defeated

Voters in Loveland rejected a ballot measure that called for a local moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in a special election on June 24. Five other Northern Colorado towns have already approved similar anti-fracking measures – Fort Collins, Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette … Continue reading

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Larimer County: Municipalities Divided on Open Space Tax Proposal

The Fort Collins City Council announced its support for the County’s proposal to increase the County’s share of the quarter cent open space sales tax revenue from 42 to 50 percent. However, the Loveland City Council expressed concerns with the … Continue reading

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Boulder: City Continues Work on Housing Strategy

The City of Boulder is continuing to work on an updated Comprehensive Housing Strategy (CHS). The project, which began in 2013, is designed to strengthen the City’s affordable housing programs, expand the opportunities for middle-income families and explore approaches to … Continue reading

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