Luke Perkins

Position: Journal Staff Writer

Multimodal transportation bill killed in Senate committee

DENVER – Another avenue on the route to addressing Colorado’s transportation funding crisis was shut down Tuesday. Senate Bill 205, which would have used a sale tax increase of .25 of a cent for 20...

DATE: April 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado budget increases funding for education

DENVER – Colorado’s $28.3 billion state budget – which increases funding for K-12 and higher education – cleared the formality of a committee hearing Tuesday. Senate Bill 254, the so-called Long...

DATE: March 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado lawmakers recognize contributions of Ute tribes

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers welcomed special guests from the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes to the capitol Thursday with the passage of a resolution recognizing their unique cultures and...

DATE: March 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

$700M revenue shortfall looms as Colorado budget talks begin

DENVER – New revenue forecasts for the 2017-18 fiscal year released Friday brought good news: Colorado’s economy is growing,and its unemployment rate continues to drop. And bad news: There is a...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill encourages mental health support for law officers

DENVER – Legislators took a step Tuesday toward supporting police officers who suffer from stress-related illnesses and giving them the tools to assist the mentally ill. The state House Judiciary...

DATE: March 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Transportation bill calls for state sales tax increase

The long-awaited transportation infrastructure funding bill that was introduced Wednesday night calls for a state sales tax increase. House Bill 1242, which uses a mix of existing revenue and a...

DATE: March 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado may hit brakes on tax break for electric vehicles

DENVER – If you are looking to claim the tax credit for purchasing an electrical vehicle you might want to grab your checkbook and head down to a dealership.The Colorado General Assembly is eyeing...

DATE: March 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Teacher shortage in Colorado reaches critical condition

DENVER –Public school teachers are in high demand in Colorado, but efforts to increase their numbers have so far fallen short by about 1,000 a year.And the overall decline in salaries, when...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado bill allows car break-ins to rescue animals, people

DENVER – A bill that would allow immunity from civil and criminal charges for individuals who forcibly enter a vehicle to provide emergency aid to animals and humans passed unanimously Thursday in...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Amateur winemakers may soon be allowed to compete under Colorado bill

DENVER – Budding oenologists have some friends at the state Capitol who want to level the playing field with other practitioners of zymology. Or in English, amateur winemakers might have...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Bill to speed rural broadband dies in Colorado Senate

DENVER – The second attempt to remedy the issue of broadband access in rural Colorado died Wednesday in a Senate committee.Senate Bill 81, which would have changed definitions in previous...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado bill aims to protect drilling sites from vandals

DENVER – A measure that would augment penalties on vandals of oil- and gas-production equipment cleared a Senate committee 6-5 with Republicans in support. The bill comes as a response to increased...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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