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Past articles by Brian:

A year after fiscal deal, Colorado may owe taxpayer refunds

In a stunning turn from this time a year ago, Colorado's state coffers are suddenly so flush with cash that lawmakers may be required to send more than $200 million back to taxpayers over the next three years. → Read More

Jared Polis taps former lawmaker, cancer survivor Dianne Primavera as running mate

Colorado gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has named former state lawmaker Dianne Primavera as his running mate. → Read More

PERA rescued from fiscal brink after reform of Colorado’s pension produces dramatic improvements

Colorado’s troubled public pension has been pulled back from the fiscal brink. → Read More

Hickenlooper vetoes bill that would have sealed child autopsy reports from public view

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday evening announced that he was vetoing three bills, including a highly contentious measure that would have barred the public in Colorado from viewing autopsy reports on the deaths of minors. → Read More

As Colorado cuts back spending, costs for state’s college students soar

In 2000, Colorado taxpayers footed 68 percent of the costs of a college degree, with students chipping in about one-third. → Read More

Colorado lawmakers send anti-gerrymandering reforms to November’s ballot

The Colorado legislature is sending voters two ballot measures aimed at preventing partisan gerrymandering. → Read More

Colorado boosts savings to $730 million with help of recent tobacco industry settlement but may need more

Thanks to a boost from a recent tobacco industry settlement, Colorado plans to sock away an extra $90 million next year in the state's reserves. But by one credit rating agency's analysis, it's still woefully unprepared for the next economic downturn. → Read More

A $32 billion PERA overhaul passed the Colorado legislature — what you need to know

The newly passed rescue package for Colorado's public pension program will have major ramifications for public sector workers, retirees and taxpayers across the state for decades to come. → Read More

Colorado lawmakers punt property tax dilemma — centering on the Gallagher Amendment — to summer

Colorado lawmakers are punting one of the state's most pressing financial dilemmas to the summer. → Read More

Colorado House Democrats propose transportation bill rewrite and seek to protect money for underfunded schools

With just days left in the legislative session, Colorado House Democrats on Tuesday proposed a sweeping rewrite of a transportation funding bill that would boost funding for mass transit, while nixing a Republican plan to issue bonds. → Read More

A quiet culprit behind teacher protests in Colorado and across U.S.? The rising costs of PERA, other pensions

Teachers usually say a persistent funding shortage, which has cost public schools $6.6 billion since 2009, led them to walk off the job and close down schools last week. Among the biggest reasons for lagging pay is one of the least understood: the rising cost of state pensions. → Read More

Colorado Supreme Court upholds legality of taxes for special districts, like RTD

The Colorado Supreme Court has upheld the legality of sales taxes that are collected by two special districts in metropolitan Denver. → Read More

Colorado’s small towns see their tax money dry up. State lawmakers know it’s a problem, but no fix is in sight.

State lawmakers acknowledge that the Gallagher amendment poses a threat to rural communities but are nonetheless weeks away from ending a second consecutive legislative session without attempting a solution. → Read More

Colorado’s Amendment 71 — “Raise the Bar” — is temporarily back in effect after federal appeals court action

A federal appeals court has stayed a judge's order blocking parts of Colorado's Amendment 71, which makes it more difficult to change the state constitution. → Read More

Colorado business groups endorse $5 billion plan to fund roads. But are Democrats on board?

A broad coalition of Colorado business groups has endorsed a $5 billion transportation measure moving through the state legislature, boosting its chances of passage even as top Democrats continued to express "reservations" with the plan. → Read More

Colorado House approves $28.9 billion budget, boosting funding to roads and schools

Colorado's budget now includes a bipartisan deal to send $35 million to school security improvements and resource officers. → Read More

Colorado House begins debate on $28.9 billion spending plan that calls for major investments in roads and schools

The state House of Representatives on Wednesday began a marathon debate on Colorado’s $28.9 billion state budget proposal. → Read More

PERA reform bill gets preliminary nod from Colorado Senate, but big questions remain

The Colorado Senate put a conservative stamp on state pension reform Monday, giving preliminary approval to a plan to shore up Colorado PERA's shaky finances, while largely shielding taxpayers from the cost of doing so. → Read More

PERA bill would cut benefits, boost contributions and give future public workers a 401(k)-style option

Colorado state lawmakers on Wednesday are expected to debut a long-awaited bill to cut public employee retirement benefits and boost contributions into the state pension fund, while giving future public workers the option to enroll in a 401(k)-style plan. → Read More

Colorado caucus offers glimpse into 2018 elections and reveals wide-open governor’s race

The Colorado caucus gave Democratic and Republican candidates for governor an opportunity to qualify for the June primary ballot and offered clues about the mood inside the major political parties in the 2018 election year. → Read More