Colorado Judicial records policy: Apparently whatever staff wants it to be

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, Judiciary, Legislature, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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When taxpayers want basic information about the operations of the executive or legislative branch in Colorado, they can file an open records request, and officials have a maximum of 10 business days to turn over the documents.

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CO gov’s administration contrite for spending without legislative OK

By   /  January 27, 2015  /  Colorado, News, Power Abuse, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Two top members of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s staff came before the Joint Budget Committee Monday to apologize for human services officials spending taxpayer money without notifying lawmakers.

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Colorado chief judge requests tax money, but doesn’t want to discuss how she spends it

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  Colorado, Judiciary, News  /  No Comments

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Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice asked the Legislature last week for more tax money, but afterwards declined to discuss why the judiciary exempted itself from state open records laws, including how her department spends the hundreds of millions of tax dollars it currently receives.

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Feeling deceived, budget committee pulls youth corrections cash

By   /  January 20, 2015  /  Colorado, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Feeling deceived by Colorado Department of Human Services officials, the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee unanimously voted Tuesday to rescind $1.2 million in funding that the department is using to hire 53 additional staff without telling lawmakers.

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Colorado lawmakers look to ban asset seizures without convictions

By   /  January 19, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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A freshman Colorado state senator wants to stop police from seizing assets unless the owner is convicted of a crime.

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Free tuition plan would cost taxpayers millions

By   /  January 12, 2015  /  Colorado, Education, Finances, News, Oklahoma, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Colorado’s Community College System in-state and out-of-state students pay as much as $248 million in tuition a year, and that could be the annual costs to federal and state taxpayers if President Obama’s proposal for free tuition becomes reality.

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