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May 25, 2011

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Local governments struggle with declining revenue


Fiscal policy

Grand Junction Sentinel: District 51 board looks at deep cuts 

The School District 51 board has been presented a 2011-12 budget that includes $13.6 million in cuts and a reduction of the equivalent of 186.2 full-time jobs.


Loveland Reporter-Herald:Loveland leaders see merit in budget fixes 

A balanced mix of budget cuts and revenue-raising measures, designed to fix a looming $3.5 million budget deficit, passed muster with Loveland councilors Tuesday.


Canon City Daily Record:Lambrecht details 2011-12 district budget 

Significant cuts made to preschool, charter programs.


Boulder Daily Camera: Boulder Valley School District restores cuts 

Other area school districts are considering employee furloughs, charging bus fees or slashing the teaching staff because of continued state budget cuts. Statewide, K-12 education will take a $228 million cut. But a tax increase approved in November by Boulder Valley voters -- raising property taxes equal to 25 percent of the school district's educational program, or about $22.5 million -- means the district can replace the $5.6 million cut by the state, give teachers and other employees a raise to the tune of $5.5 million and slightly reduce the student-to-teacher ratio.

Colorado Springs Gazette:City Council OKs $2.3 million in incentives for 2 projects 

The city will provide Wal-Mart and Agilent Technologies a combined $2.3 million in incentives to build new data centers in Colorado Springs under a pair of economic development agreements the City Council unanimously approved Tuesday.


Pueblo Chieftain editorial: Gardner's help 

U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner has taken an important role in finding a federal purpose for the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility, which the state will close as a prison March 1 due to budget constraints.



Family economic security

KCFR-radio: Putting Refugee Doctors Back to Work in Colorado 

Just about every county in Colorado needs more doctors and nurses. At the same time, the state's taking in refugees from places like Iraq, Burma and the Congo. Here's the thing: some of them are doctors and nurses. Now there's an effort to get them licensed to practice here, and ease the state's shortage of health care workers.


Longmont Times-Call: Survey: Longmont's homeless population up by 35 percent 

"What we're seeing is a lack of work and a lack of affordable housing," said Bray Patrick-Lake, executive director of Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement, a street outreach organization. "We have such a disparity in the community right now between jobs. They're either high-tech or they're low-scale, low-wage."

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