State out $675K grant but still plans to give out millions more in tax money

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Colorado, Energy and Environment, Good Government, Government Waste, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Four years ago, Kirk Swallow received state money to set up a compressed natural gas filling facility at the Rifle Shell station he co-owns.

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EPA gets earful over new carbon regulations

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  Colorado, Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Local News, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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An EPA community “listening” meeting in Craig on September 10th on proposed carbon regulations left many in attendance frustrated and feeling unheard.

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Denver teacher pay referendum money directed outside the classroom

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  Colorado, Education, Good Government, Local Government, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The 2005 ballot language to increase Denver property taxes by $25 million a year specifically said the money would go for teacher pay, but millions of dollars is heading to non-teaching staff that may have limited contact with students.

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Performance pay tax increase paid to nearly all Denver teachers

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Colorado, Education, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Nearly a decade ago, voters approved a $25 million annual property tax increase for Denver Public Schools to fund performance and retention pay for teachers who help students learn.
But now, 90 percent of eligible DPS teachers are receiving the additional compensation, according to a database obtained by Watchdog.org under state open records laws. [...]

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Colorado’s advisory fracking commission announced

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Colorado, Energy and Environment, Politics, Regulations, State Politics, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Gov. Hickenlooper names members of fracking commission. Does it mean more restrictions on fracking, yet protect the interests of the well-off and connected?

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The clock is ticking in New Mexico mouse war

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  Arizona, Colorado, Federal Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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Ranchers in New Mexico are anxiously waiting for the U.S. Forest Service to decide whether fencing is not needed to protect the meadow jumping mouse.

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