Luke Perkins

Position: Journal Staff Writer

State Democrats reject compromise on hospital fee

DENVER – Lawmakers continue to struggle to find a compromise that would spare Colorado’s hospitals from the budgetary chopping block. Negotiations on Senate Bill 267, which contains a number of...

DATE: May 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Questions mount around raising hunting, fishing fees

DENVER – A measure that would increase the cost of hunting, fishing and exploring Colorado’s state parks has cleared the state Houses, but questions about its implications mount as it heads to the...

DATE: April 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Amendment to school finance act leads to squabble

DENVER – The annual decision on how much state funding school districts will get for each pupil is eagerly awaited as they prepare their budgets. But this year, an amendment to the School Finance...

DATE: April 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Education

Democrats kill attempt to provide tax credits for private education

DENVER – An attempt to institute an education voucher-like program was struck down Monday by Democrats in the state Legislature. Senate Bill 35, which would have provided tax credits for children...

DATE: April 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

National monuments in crosshairs of review ordered by Trump

DENVER – The Trump administration took aim Wednesday at National Monuments designated in the past two decades, saying states should be protected from federal land grabs. An executive order signed...

DATE: April 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado hospitals could lose more than $4 million

DENVER – The financial impact of balancing Colorado’s budget on the backs of healthcare providers just became a little more tangible.The Colorado Hospital Association released a report Monday on...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Legislative roundup: Year supply of contraceptive passes Senate

DENVER – Between the two chambers of the Colorado Legislature on Monday, 39 bills were scheduled for third reading and final vote, 23 for second reading and 19 for committee hearings. Floor work...

DATE: April 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill to help middle-class families pay for health care clears House

DENVER – Middle-class families in rural Colorado may soon receive state subsidies for health care coverage. House Bill 1235, which would create a temporary relief program for families and...

DATE: April 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hospital Provider Fee reform clears Colorado Senate committee with GOP support

DENVER – Hospitals in rural Colorado and they people they serve can breathe a little easier as a measure to undo a $264 million cut to the healthcare system passed its first hurdle. Senate Bill...

DATE: April 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawmakers tackle process for leasing water rights

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers are trying to streamline the process water rights owner go through to enter into short-term leases with municipalities. To estimate how much water they are entitled to,...

DATE: April 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is roadwork ahead for Southwest Colorado?

DENVER – With the end of the legislative session about a month away, there is much to be done, including addressing Colorado’s $9 billion transportation funding needs. Multiple bills have been...

DATE: April 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill increasing contraceptive access in Colorado OK’d by committee

DENVER – Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, had a startling revelation for his fellow Senators Wednesday during the committee hearing for a bill increasing women’s access to contraceptive medicines. “I’m...

DATE: April 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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