Colorado: Governor Talks Transportation

At an event organized by the Northern Colorado Economic Alliance this week, Governor Hickenlooper said transportation and health care will be the priorities of the 2018 legislative session. He voiced frustration that no health care bills survived this year’s session and said if “we all don’t give a little” health care will suck the moneyContinue reading “Colorado: Governor Talks Transportation”

Supreme Court to Consider TABOR?

Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) could once again get national attention. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide the fate of a lawsuit against the 1992 voter-approved Constitutional amendment. The court’s decision will be watched because it could impact the ability of all states to govern as they choose. Plaintiffs in the anti-TABORContinue reading “Supreme Court to Consider TABOR?”

TABOR Refund Will Be Source of Debate

According to the latest economic forecast, it appears that Colorado will take in $200 million more in taxes this year than it’s allowed to keep under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR). Although $200 million is a lot of money that could be allocated to under-funded programs such as transportation, the consensus seems to beContinue reading “TABOR Refund Will Be Source of Debate”

Urban Renewal Bill Will Return

The 2015 Legislative session opened on January 7 but some of the issues will seem familiar. Colorado Counties Inc., which lobbies on behalf of Colorado’s 64 counties, is once again working to drum up legislator support to revise tax-increment funding statutes. Last year Rep Brian DelGrosso carried the bill, which passed but was vetoed byContinue reading “Urban Renewal Bill Will Return”

How Can the South Platte Basin Meet Future Water Needs?

A plan to address the predicted future water supply deficit in Northern Colorado calls for reuse of water among other recommendations. Northern Colorado is part of the South Platte Basin. A group of state House and Senate lawmakers and members of the public met to discuss the South Platte Basin’s Water Plan, which will beContinue reading “How Can the South Platte Basin Meet Future Water Needs?”

Governor Vetoes Transportation Bill

On June 4 Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed SB 14-197 “Transportation Enterprise Transparency Act” and signed an Executive Order that will improve transparency, accountability and openness relating to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) High-performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE). “We firmly believe that government should always strive to be transparent and accountable,” Gov. Hickenlooper wrote in a letterContinue reading “Governor Vetoes Transportation Bill”

Governor, Business Leaders Support Education Tax

Gov. Hickenlooper publically announced his support for Initiative 22 to increase income taxes to increase funding for K-12 Education. At the same meeting, Chad McWhinney, a Loveland developer added his support to the measure. Advocates are currently collecting the required signatures to put the measure on the ballot. McWhinney is organizing meetings with Loveland areaContinue reading “Governor, Business Leaders Support Education Tax”

Wildfire Task Force Proposal’s Impact on Real Estate

In the wake of the horrendous wildfires in 2012, Governor Hickenlooper created the Task Force on Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health to examine how to best protect property and people within and adjacent to the wildland-urban interface and Colorado’s landscape. The Task Force is comprised of state and federal officials, including Division of Regulatory AgenciesContinue reading “Wildfire Task Force Proposal’s Impact on Real Estate”

Nonpartisan Board Pushes for Major Reforms

The Board of TBD Colorado says Colorado’s path is “unsustainable” without major fiscal and constitutional reforms. TBD had been formed by Gov. Hickenlooper to seek broad civic engagement within the state. In a recent report, TBD’s Board argued that the Taxpayer’s Bill of rights, the Gallagher Amendment and Amendment 23 “have constrained flexibility of electedContinue reading “Nonpartisan Board Pushes for Major Reforms”

Voters Approve Fracking Ban

Fracking opponents were successful in their attempt to persuade voters to approve a city charter amendment to prohibit fracking within the City of Longmont. However, the charter amendment will face a legal challenge from the State of Colorado. Governor John Hickenlooper stated in October that if ban proponents were successful, the State would take theContinue reading “Voters Approve Fracking Ban”