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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Blowing smoke: AGs tout states’ rights except when it comes to weed

By   /  January 6, 2015  /  Colorado, Nebraska, News, Oklahoma, State Government  /  No Comments

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In April, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued an opinion paper, saying states’ rights trump federal Clean Air Act regulations.

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Colorado legislators to address issues uncovered by

By   /  January 2, 2015  /  Colorado, News  /  No Comments

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Colorado lawmakers have vowed to address a series of issues and problems uncovered by stories last year, including judicial secrecy, misuse of welfare benefits and attacks at juvenile detention centers.

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