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Under current state law Colorado provides 186 tax breaks ­— everything from vending machine food to dairy equipment, affordable housing, livestock feed, and fuel for light, heat, and power.

"I think it's worth us taking a look periodically to make sure we are being responsible to the tax payers with their tax money to say where is it being spent and are we getting a good return on the investment," said Representative KC Becker (D-Boulder).

With that in mind, Colorado lawmakers want to see whether the state is getting its money's worth from all those tax breaks designed to create jobs and boost the economy.

When voters in four U.S. states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — approved recreational marijuana sales, part of the appeal was the promise of a new revenue source to buoy cash-strapped cities and states.

But tensions are growing in those four states over how the tax rewards from pot sales should be divided. Local governments want to get what they say is their share of pot tax revenue.

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There's more of a reason to hire someone if your business is in Montrose County.

There’s a new idea for Grand Junction to help keep businesses, and jobs, in Colorado.

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Today on Local Motion, a look back at some local ballot initiatives across our region and the state.

We talked with area reporters and people involved in contested issues this year about the elections, the outcomes, and what the results tell us about the attitude of Colorado voters this year.

Colorado voters gave a mixed reaction Tuesday on a pair of statewide tax increases. Voters didn’t want to tax themselves to pay for education, but were overwhelmingly willing to tax recreational marijuana to help rebuild schools.

2013 Election Results

This morning we bring you a rundown of local, regional and statewide election results. Click here for a detailed list of those races and the outcomes across the KVNF listening area.

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  • Republican Voters Turn Out in Higher Numbers So Far
  • Delta County Schools Superintendent Says Amendment 66 Would Help District
  • Arch Coal Reports Lower-than-Expected Losses for Third Quarter
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Delta County Treasurer Lisa Tafoya visited commissioners on Monday to obtain permission to close her office at 1 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in preparation for the county’s annual tax lien sale on Thursday Nov. 7.

The closure would allow staffers to prepare for the sale, which begins promptly at 10 am in the district court room. Properties with outstanding taxes were printed once in the Delta County Independent and are listed on the county treasurer’s website, updated every Monday. 

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  • Logging Production Hurt by Government Shutdown
  • After Shutdown, Maroon Bells May See Cutbacks
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  • Delta County to hold Tax Lien Sale in Early November 

Colorado is preparing for the state’s first recreational marijuana stores to open this January. In the meantime, voters still have the final say on how the new product will be taxed through Proposition AA.

A ballot question to raise Colorado income taxes to help improve public schools has survived a legal challenge. A Denver District Court Judge has ruled that the proposal can go before voters.

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  • Elk Creek Mine Layoffs Likely to Hurt Local Economy
  • Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Petition Process for Amendment 66
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With just over three weeks until the election, the campaign asking Colorado voters to approve a $1 billion tax increase to pay for improvements to public schools are planning what they call a robust door-to-door operation.

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  • US District Court in Denver Preparing for Shutdown
  • State Study Details Impact of Regional Airports
  • Judge Limits Testimony of Forensic Pathologist in Case of Accused Palisade Mother
  • Campaign for School Funding Tax Increase Raises over $5 Million

Headlines

  • Governor John Hickenlooper "Disappointed" in Recall Outcomes
  • Recalls Could Change Dynamics at State Legislature
  • State Republicans Set Their Sights on Governor's Office
  • Tax Proposed in San Miguel County to deal with Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Delta County Commissioners Call New Wildlife Rules "Unnecessary"
  • Water Losses in Cedaredge Could Lead to New Fees
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  • Crowds Gather for Marijuana Giveaway, Tax Protest in Denver
  • Colorado Lawmakers Facing Recall Elections Today
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  • Nonprofit Group Says Getting Young People Interested in Healthcare is a Challenge
  • State Health Officials Investigating a Rise in Synthetic-Marijuana-Related Illnesses
  • Settlement Reached Between FAA & Montrose-Based Engine Repair Station
  • Colorado Political Coalition Hopes to Push Tax Increase for Road Projects
  • Alleged Carbondale Drug Kingpin Could See Trial Soon
  • Drive-ins, from the past, may soon be a thing of the past
  • Coloradans Will Now Vote on Tax Increases for School Funding
  • Voters Guide to Heading to Printer
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  • City of Delta Utility Rates on the Rise
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This fall voters across Colorado will decide how recreational marijuana should be taxed.

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A measure asking Colorado voters if they want to raise income taxes by nearly $1 billion a year to pay for public school upgrades is a step closer to the November ballot. KUNC's Bente Birkeland reports.

Update Monday 12:30 p.m. - Supporters of the measure turned in roughly 160,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office - more than twice the amount required by law.

Democratic senator Mike Johnston of Denver sponsored the underlying legislation. He says gone are the days when the state simply asks voters for a blank check.

Delta County’s conservative budget process got an A-plus this year from auditor Pete Blair.

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A roughly billion-dollar tax increase is likely to go before voters this fall. It’s part of a larger package of education reform that state lawmakers passed last session.

Senator Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) is helping to spearhead the latest initiative. He also took the lead two years ago on an unsuccessful education tax increase to raise several billion dollars for K through 12 schools and higher education.

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