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Tuition Equity Fails in Colorado Despite Strong Support From Business

Yesterday, a Colorado bill that would have allowed undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition to attend the state's colleges and universities died in committee on a partisan vote. Despite its failure this year, tuition equity still enjoys strong support from Colorado's business and educator communities.

Anti-Oversight Lobbying Coming to a State Near You

A trend is slowly but surely creeping throughout the country: eliminating oversight over phone services. Under the guise of reforming or modernizing regulations, telecommunications companies’ efforts may mean an end to the only access that many have to the outside world. Specifically, some telecommunications providers are seeking to preclude their states’ public utility commissions (PUCs) from exercising their authority to ensure that basic services reach all Americans.

Even Colorado GOP Rejecting Reckless Revenue-Slashing Initiatives

This November, Coloradans will consider three extreme ballot measures, Amendments 60, 61, and Proposition 101, dubbed the "Bad 3."  After the failed TABOR experiment, even conservatives now understand that Colorado can ill afford more reckless tax-cutting measures that will harm the economy, shred public services, and threaten Colorado families.

All-Mail Voting Is One Winner of Colorado's Primary

As pundits attempt to digest what Colorado's primary on Tuesday night means for incumbents and insurgents alike, there is one thing everyone can agree on: voting by mail saved counties much-needed money while boosting turnout.

CO: Ritter Touts Number of Kids Added to State Health Coverage

Gov. Bill Ritter on Tuesday marked a health care milestone, announcing that more than 100,000 children have been added to state health coverage rolls since he took office.

But Ritter, a Democrat who isn't seeking re-election, did not rule out cuts to state health programs when his administration draws up the 2011-12 budget this fall. The state is facing what could be a $1 billion shortfall in that budget year, which begins in July 2011.

"In a downturn, everything is on the table," Ritter said.

2010 Legislative Roundup: Colorado

2010 was an impressive year for Colorado’s legislature, which passed several hallmark bills that cemented the state’s reputation as a leader in renewable energy and health care reform.  Despite careful cutting and compromising in order to end the year in the black as required by state law, the session was relatively bipartisan overall and ensured that outgoing Gov. Bill Ritter ended his tenure on a high note.

Project to Get Veterans VA Benefits Expands Access, Saves Millions of State Medicaid Dollars

Based on an innovative model from Washington state, states have the opportunity to help veterans improve their benefits and save millions of dollars for their own budgets.