Colorado's tab for the pivotal Medicaid expansion in health-care reform could be hundreds of millions of dollars in the first few years, worrying Republicans and testing analysts' aid models.
Family Economic Security
Pueblo Chieftain: School completion a must for aid
Students hoping to get federally insured student loans or grants for college will have to have a high school diploma or a GED test under their belt. Previously, students who hadn't finished high school or passed a GED could take an "ability to benefit" test to qualify for aid.
Jobs and the Economy
Denver Post: GE puts planned Colorado solar factory on 18-month hold
Aurora's economic-development efforts, still smarting from a stalled convention-hotel development, were dealt another blow this week as General Electric Co. postponed construction of a large solar-panel factory in the city.
U.S. service companies grew in June at the slowest pace in nearly two and a half years, more evidence that the economy has weakened.
But those same firms boosted hiring last month, supporting other data that show job growth may have picked up last month.
The Aspen Times: Aspen realizes big gain in May retail sales
Aspen realized its best May sales since 2008, according to the city's monthly consumption tax report. The city recently recorded May 2012 retail sales of $17.7 million, a 7.8 percent increase compared with the same month last year.
Total sales for single-family residences in the Denver residential market in June were up 20 percent over last year, according to the latest data from Metrolist, a listing service serving Colorado real estate agents.
Durango Herald: Tax breaks available for fire mitigation
With tens of thousands of acres aflame in Colorado, many mountain home and property owners are madly working on fire mitigation - but may not know they can get both tax breaks and grant money to help.