Gessler Takes Next Step Toward Uniform Voting System, Releases Statewide RFP
Following the passage of the Help America Vote Act in 2002, states across the country scrambled to modernize their election machines and systems. Fast forward ten years and that equipment is reaching the end of its lifespan. Since then, Colorado's 64 county clerks have used a variety of vendors and systems to provide the equipment used to cast votes, and process and tabulate votes. This disparate system has significant drawbacks. Most notably, counties cannot get cost savings that come from combined bargaining power. Since taking office, Secretary Gessler has been working to move the state to a Uniform Voting System, as concept that has proven successful in other states.  Read More
Amendment 66 Would Hurt Small Businesses Across Colorado
The 27 percent income tax hike that will appear on the Nov. 5th Colorado ballot would, if approved, hit over a half a million small businesses

How the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff in Washington will conclude is anyone’s guess, but one thing is certain; taxes won’t increase as part of whatever deal is worked out. So, most Americans can rest assured that their taxes won’t be going up in the near future, with the exception of folks who live in Colorado.
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Colorado Politics

10/1/2013

 

Hickenlooper Says Decision on Special Session After Floods ‘A Day or Two’ Away

Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday his administration is within “a day or two” from making a decision on if a special legislative session is needed to address issues in the wake of Colorado’s massive and deadly floods.

“We’re basically going out to every agency and asking them to push down into their bureaucracies … what are the issues you foresee and do we need legislation for any of these, so we’re gathering that information,” Hickenlooper said.

The governor added that to his knowledge there’s nothing that “rises to the level” of needing legislation, “but that doesn’t mean it’s not there.”  Read More

Colorado's delegation races potential shutdown, winter for federal aid

Colorado's Congressional delegation is racing against a potential government shutdown and the coming winter to usher federal flood help to the state.

Colorado's two Democratic Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Republican Rep. Cory Gardner introduced legislation in their respective chambers Wednesday that would lift a $100 million cap on how much federal money can be shipped to states for disaster highway repair.
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National Credit Union Foundation raising funds for Colorado flood relief

Heather Draper
Reporter-Denver Business Journal

The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has activated its online disaster relief system to raise money for credit union members who have experienced losses from the Colorado floods.

Credit union supporters in every state can make donations through a secured website, www.CUAid.coop, which accepts credit cards and wire transfers.
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NCUF Activates Disaster Relief to Aid Colorado Flood Victims

Peter Strozniak

Credit Union Times

The National Credit Union Foundation in Madison, Wis., activated on Tuesday its online disaster relief system, CUAid.coop, to raise money for victims of last week's epic floods in Colorado. The foundation said it estimated more than 10,000 credit union employees, volunteers and members may need some type of assistance.
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Colorado delegation introduces legislation to remove cap on federal flood relief funding

Marc Stewart
7 News - Colorado

BOULDER - As the federal government faces a possible shutdown, Colorado's delegation is introducing a plan to remove the cap on disaster relief related to the flooding.

Representative Cory Gardner, a Republican representing Colorado's 4th district, is part of the bi-partisan effort to get additional funding for public infrastructure repairs. His district includes several of the northern and eastern counties that suffered flood damage, including Weld, Morgan, Logan and parts of Boulder.

 
NCUA Activates Disaster Relief Policy after Colorado Flooding
The National Credit Union Administration is encouraging credit unions in areas distressed by severe flooding in Colorado to make prudent loans with special terms and reduced documentation for members affected by the disaster, among other things.

Modifications may include extending the terms of loan repayments, restructuring a borrower's debt obligations, and easing credit terms for new loans to certain borrowers, consistent with prudent practices.  Read More
 
Rep. Claire Levy to leave Colorado House to head Denver-based advocacy group
Boulder lawmaker Claire Levy, who has played a key role in state judicial and budget issues, will resign her House seat next month to become executive director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy.

The Denver-based research and advocacy organization promotes economic security, access to health care and sound fiscal policy, which Levy said makes it a “perfect fit” for her next career. The organization currently is doing research for a poverty task force meeting at the Colorado legislature.  Read More


 
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Rep. Perlmutter States Support Of CUs And Tax Status
After working closely the past month with the congressman, the Mountain West Credit Union Association announced Wednesday that U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) has issued a public statement of support for credit unions and their tax status.

"Congressman Perlmutter has always had a vision for empowering credit unions with the ability to serve our members and communities," said MWCUA President/CEO Scott Earl. "He clearly understands the difference in the way financial institutions are structured, and how credit unions are an important part of the economic structure of their local communities. We are honored to have a strong financial champion for consumers in our congressional delegation."  Read More

 
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Sonnenberg to Run For State Senate
Colorado House of Representatives member Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, has announced he will run for the Colorado State Senate in the next state election in 2014.

Before he becomes a senator, he has one more legislative session in the House of Representatives in 2014.

Long an advocate of rural issues, he says he is concerned about the rift between the more urban areas of the state and the rural areas.  Read More

Colorado Legislature Might Curb Multi-million-dollar Incentives to Big Business
The tax breaks face growing opposition by the taxing entities from which funding is siphoned.

Tax breaks, such as the $53 million Fort Collins has pledged to developers of Foothills Mall, would be more difficult to get in Colorado under legislation expected to be introduced next year.

Statewide, nearly $1.4 billion in revenue that would have gone to schools, services provided by city and county governments, and other entities has been diverted to tax breaks for businesses during the past 25 years, according to a report by the Larimer County Budget Office. Under current law, most taxing authorities whose money is being doled out as business incentives are powerless to stop it.  Read More
 
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Credit Union of Colorado teller Rebecca Dominguez helps a customer at the central Denver branch at 1390 Logan St. (Denver Post file photo)
More than one in four Coloradans is a member of a credit union, the major alternative to commercial banks. They’ve had that choice for more than 80 years, since the Rio Grande Operating Credit Union, the oldest in our state, opened its doors in June 1931.

But that choice may be threatened as a result of congressional debate in Washington. The banking industry and its friends in Congress are considering stripping credit unions of their status as non-profit organizations as part of a broader tax reform package.  READ MORE
 
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Rep. Doug Lamborn Signs Onto Letter Urging Government Shutdown Over Obamacare
Rep. Doug Lamborn was among 80 House conservatives who signed onto a letter late last week saying an autumn government shutdown would be better than funding the new federal government health care law.

Lamborn, a Colorado Springs Republican, said through his spokeswoman Tuesday that his constituents “overwhelmingly” say they don’t want Obamacare and want it de-funded — at any expense.  Read More

Colorado News

8/21/2013

 
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Weld County Commissioners Approved Ballot Proposal Wording For 51st State -- North Colorado
Supporters of forming a 51st state, using part of Colorado, passed a major step Monday.

Weld County commissioners approved the wording of a proposal that would ask voters if the commissioners, along with commissioners in other northern Colorado counties, should pursue the initiative.  Read More

Ken Buck Announces Senate Bid in Colorado
Ken Buck (R) is making his comeback official.

The 2010 Senate candidate who narrowly lost to now-Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) after a series of gaffes, emailed supporters Monday evening to announce he'll run against Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.).

Buck, a former Weld County district attorney, had filed paperwork to run against Udall in early August.  Read More