TABOR

  • Capitol Conversation discusses possible tax hike for transportation
  • Colorado scientists, environmentalists concern about new EPA director
  • TABOR bill faces uncertain future at state house

  • Parks and Wildlife postpones antler shed season in Gunnison Basin
  • Parks and Wildlife to host bear hunting workshop in Ridgway
  • Mental health care to suffer if ACA repealed
  • TABOR reform bill passes first hurdle in statehouse

  • Capitol Conversation discusses amending TABOR
  • Colorado and Western states urge methane waste rule changes

  • New bill would alter TABOR to help fund infrastructure
  • Capitol Conversation discusses legislative term at one-third mark
  • Colorado groups ask for oversight of mega-mergers in pesticide market

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016

  • Elk Creek Mine coal silo demolished
  • Colorado sees first Hantavirus death of 2016 
  • Colorado grapples with hospital funding, TABOR  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Mar. 11, 2016

Mar 11, 2016

  • Warning issued for marijuana treated with pesticide
  • Democrats defeat pro-­gun bills at state capitol
  • Mesa County residents will see TABOR refund
  • A discussion about health disparities in Colorado  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Mar 2, 2016

  • Health officials confirm 2 cases of Zika in Colorado
  • State Attorney General approves move to bypass TABOR restriction
  • Warm temperatures across the area will soon leave, but effects are still unknown
  • Pot tourism continues to grow in Colorado  

Colorado lawmakers are divided over whether a hospital provider fee should be reclassified in the state budget so it doesn't count toward the state's revenue limit under the Tax Payer's Bill of Rights.

Millie Hamner
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Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillion, is the chair of the state Joint Budget Committee this session. She’s also the vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee. The Western Slope lawmaker recently spoke to KVNF about what big budget issues will be debated at the capitol this session. 

Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered his sixth State of the State address to the state Legislature Thursday. In his speech he highlighted the need for people from all political stripes to work together to fix the state's big budget problems and discussed Colorado's economic gains and challenges.

"We're one of the top states for economic growth," Hickenlooper said. "One of the best places for business and careers, for quality of life, for health and tourism."

The Colorado capitol had a back to school vibe Wednesday, with families and friends joining lawmakers in the chamber for the opening of Colorado's annual legislative session. The building hummed with activity — and the usual pomp and ceremony and opening day speeches — after the eight month interim. Isaac Slade, the lead singer of the Denver-based rock band The Fray, sang the national anthem in the Senate.

But it wasn't all fun, the first bills are introduced on opening day, and lawmakers begin to outline their priorities for the next four months.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

Nov 5, 2015

  •  Colorado voters let state keep marijuana tax money
  • Western Slope communities say yes to broadband
  • Montrose County voters reject library mill levy
  • Regional election results
  • DOI says taxpayers shouldn't be "saddled" with coal cleanup costs

Local tax and spending issues, as well as city council and mayoral races largely dominate Colorado's 2015 election. There is only one statewide question, which asks voters whether the state can keep marijuana tax money it's already collected to pay for school construction, law enforcement and other programs.

If that's a question that sounds familiar – that's because it is. Proposition BB will actually be the third time Colorado voters have weighed in on taxing marijuana.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

Oct 12, 2015

  • Mine spills near Crested Butte
  • Montrose clinic receives $150K grant
  • Water Conservancy District looks to get around TABOR
  • Republican challenger for Sen. Bennett up in the air

Stephen Butler via Flickr (CC-BY)

In the 2016 legislative session, Democratic state Representative Millie Hamner will chair the Joint Budget Committee. Hamner represents House District 61. It covers parts of Delta and Gunnison counties along with Summit, Lake and Pitkin counties. As part of a district tour, she stopped in Paonia over the weekend. KVNF's Laura Palmisano sat down with Hamner in the studio to discuss school funding, the state budget and the upcoming legislative session.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

Sep 28, 2015

  • Missing boy from Crawford returns home
  • Livestock disease still widespread, but new infections might be slowing down
  • Signatures hold up connecting Norwood to high-speed internet
  • Program looks to teach residents about local food
  • Governor Hickenlooper looks to change TABOR
  • Roadwork continues for Western Slope

Marijuana Plant
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The state of Colorado is having a pot holiday, well sort of, on Wednesday, Sept. 16. It's lifting the 10 percent sales tax people pay on recreational marijuana and the 15 percent excise tax paid by the industry.

This is a result of the voter-approved Tax Payers Bill of Rights, known as TABOR. To help explain how this law works and is applied, KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Richard Collins, a law professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Sep 16, 2015

  • Road closures across Western Slope
  • Montrose Fire District becomes first to sign up for city's new dispatch center
  • A look at TABOR and the recreational marijuana sales tax holiday
  • Legislators debate legality of collecting rain water

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Jul 8, 2015

  Newcast

  • KVNF Signal Restored In Lake City
  • GVT Bus Driver Won’t Face Charges In Toddler’s Death
  • Grand Junction City Council Addresses City Manager’s Resignation
  • Second Draft Of Colorado Water Plan Released
  • Private Funding For IUD Program Still in Limbo
  • Western Slope Nonprofit Offers Help With Critical Home Repair Loan Program
  • Rep. Hamner Discusses TABOR

Millie Hamner
milliehamner.com

Representative Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, was the vice chair of the Joint Budget Committee this past session and will chair the committee in 2016. KVNF's Laura Palmisano recently interviewed Hamner about the past session, the state budget, educating funding, severance taxes and the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, known as TABOR. 

As a result of Colorado's booming oil production, energy companies are paying more in severance taxes – money they pay the state for taking minerals out of the ground. Half of it is supposed to go to back to local communities, both directly and through grants. But thanks to market forces – and political conditions in Denver – it's not always a stable source of funding.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Apr 29, 2015

  Newscast

  • Marijuana tax refund might go to voters
  • Montrose County sued over airport, again
  • State bill could help rural communities
  • Program seeds clouds for snow over Grand Mesa
  • Forecast calls for above average rainfall
  • Fetal homicide bill clears Senate

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Apr 2, 2015

  Newscast

  • More staff issues for the town of Paonia
  • Bill looks to get a handle on Colorado's bear problems
  • Ditches and canals begin to flow
  • State Senate debates the budget as TABOR makes things complicated

Colorado's latest revenue forecast was good news for lawmakers, showing a healthy economy and more money for the state budget. There was also one notable hedge, the uncertainty around low oil prices and the oil industry's effect on the state economy.

So just what are the implications of more state revenue? We turn to the reporters that work the halls of the capitol to find out.

As they prepare to write the annual budget, there's mixed news for Colorado lawmakers. The latest revenue forecast shows the economy will remain strong, but there is a lot of uncertainty going forward, especially when it comes to low oil prices and how it ripples through the state's economy.

"On net low oil prices are good for the national economy, but for areas where you have energy production, energy production states, on net it has been negative in the past," said nonpartisan Chief Legislative Economist Natalie Mullis. "Colorado is a third tier energy producing state and it does have a dampening effect on our economy."

Governor John Hickenlooper has given his annual State of the State Address in front of a joint session of the General Assembly. What were some of the highlights of his annual report on Colorado's prospects? What should we expect in the year ahead?

We asked some of the reporters that work daily in the capitol building for their thoughts.

Governor John Hickenlooper gave his annual State of the State Address in front of a joint session of the General Assembly Thursday. In the speech the governor spoke of his upcoming policies, initiatives, budget proposals and some looming state challenges.

So what does it all mean for the year ahead?

One hundred lawmakers from across Colorado converged on the state capitol Wednesday for opening day of the annual 120 day legislative session. Freshman lawmakers from both parties were officially sworn in and both chambers have new leaders.

Tax Caps Under Question On Election Ballots

Oct 15, 2014
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Laura Palmisano

Although perhaps a little less sexy than legalized drugs, taxes are still important.  The city of Ouray, along with others on the Western Slope, is looking at some tax issues on this year’s ballot.  To understand the somewhat complicated issue, KVNF'S Jake Ryan talked with Ouray Mayor Pam Larson.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Oct 14, 2014

  • Despite legalization, marijuana remains divisive in Colorado
  • TABOR issue up on ballot in City of Ouray