From the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, pursuing justice and economic security for all Coloradans through its project the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, the Health Care Program, the Family Economic Security Program and litigation.
As voter ID legislation continues to be rammed through state legislatures across the country, conservatives are celebrating passage of these bills, intended to suppress turnout among traditionally progressive constituencies, as a victory. However, no one is actually winning – not minority, low-income, and other historically disenfranchised voters who will be disproportionately affected by the new laws, and certainly not already-squeezed state budgets forced to find millions of dollars to make these bills a reality
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.