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CO: Denver council member says budget cuts ‘sufficient,’ no tax hike needed

By   /  November 5, 2012  /  Colorado, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

By Dan Njegomir | Colorado Watchdog DENVER — For months, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and other supporters of a citywide, $44 million-plus property-tax hike on Tuesday’s ballot have been touting City Hall’s efforts to tighten its own belt as an incentive to voters to help bridge a projected $94 million spending gap. They’ve argued that case tirelessly […]

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CO: Investigation reveals dozens of police and fire pension ‘double-dippers’

By   /  October 29, 2012  /  Colorado, Pensions, Transparency  /  4 Comments

by Todd Shepherd | Colorado Watchdog Dozens of retired police and firefighters are pulling down five-figure pensions each year while simultaneously going back to work full-time for the state of Colorado and earning a full-time salary, a process commonly known as “double-dipping.” The vast majority of public employees like teachers and state employees receive their […]

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CO: Audited tobacco program raises legal questions, lawmakers’ ire

By   /  October 23, 2012  /  Accountability, Colorado, Issues, News, State Government  /  No Comments

By Dan Njegomir  | Colorado Watchdog DENVER — Despite being red-flagged in a recent audit, Colorado’s state health department has been refusing for months to seek an official legal opinion on whether it should be doling out millions of dollars a year in public funds to advocate ever-more-stringent anti-smoking laws. Now, state lawmakers, who say they’re fed […]

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Election lawsuit filed against Boulder County Clerk

By   /  October 18, 2012  /  Colorado  /  2 Comments

by Todd Shepherd | Colorado Watchdog BOULDER — Tensions between election watchers in Boulder County and the clerk and recorder’s office have now spilled over into legal action. A lawsuit has been filed  against Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall, alleging Hall has blocked certified election watchers from observing the receiving and handling process […]

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CO: Feds ignore congressional demand to halt rural Internet expansion

By   /  October 11, 2012  /  Colorado, Open Records  /  6 Comments

By Dan Njegomir | Colorado Watchdog DENVER — Federal officials appear to be in no hurry to respond to a written demand by four Colorado congressmen that the government stop a stimulus-funded broadband project from poaching private-sector customers. A national telecommunications industry blog that follows the issue closely has reported that the National Telecommunications and […]

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CO: Energy Dept. protecting trade secrets of defunct company

By   /  October 8, 2012  /  Colorado  /  6 Comments

By Todd Shepherd | Colorado Watchdog The U.S. Department of Energy is working to protect the trade secrets and the competitive edge…of a company that doesn’t exist anymore. That’s the only conclusion you can draw from the recent response to a Freedom of Information Act request to the DOE asking for all their testing data on […]

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