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Nov. 2, 2011

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Tax hikes for education
in Colorado lose big
 

 

Fiscal policy
The Denver Post: Tax hikes for education in Colorado lose big
"It's clear the people of this state aren't ready right now to tax themselves to solve this problem," (State Sen. Rollie) Heath said to supporters. "But I hope the people of this state will come together and say, 'We need to make some changes. We need to find a way to finance our education in a different way."
Also: Denver Post editorial: Economy spelled tax hike's demise
Also: Pueblo Chieftain: State voters bury Proposition 103
Also: The Colorado Independent: Colorado voters reject Proposition 103 school-funding initiative
Also: The Durango Herald: State's school measure defeated. Editor's note: The piece mentions support of Proposition 103 from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy.
Also: Denver Business Journal: Denver defeats sick-leave measure; Colorado says no to school tax
Also: KCFR-radio: Voters Defeat Proposition 103

The Denver Post: Colorado Election Day results prove a killing field for tax measures
If 2008 was an election for change, Tuesday night was an election for no change - with Colorado voters rejecting tax hikes and ballot initiatives and refusing to overhaul school boards.
Also: Colorado Springs Gazette: Tax measures pass in 2 school districts, fail in 3
Also: Boulder Daily Camera: Boulder Issue 2A: Voters approve $49M bond measure
Also: Pueblo Chieftain: D70 ballot questions fail  

Also: Associated Press via Fort Collins Coloradoan: Colo. anti-tax votes a gauge of swing state's mood
Also: Glenwood Springs Post-Independent: Re-1 mill levy OK'd 59-41 percent

The Denver Post: Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper wants seniors to forgo tax break again
The governor's plan to suspend the homestead exemption puts him at odds with Republicans.
Also: Pueblo Chieftain: More cuts in Hickenlooper budget
Also: Colorado Springs Independent: Hickenlooper's proposed 2012-13 budget
Also: Denver Business Journal: Hickenlooper budget greeted with caution, reservations
Also: Fort Collins Coloradoan: Governor proposes more cuts for Colorado schools
Also: KCFR-radio: Gov. Hickenlooper Unveils Latest Budget Plan

Jobs and economic security
The Denver Post: Denver voters reject sick-pay mandate by 2-1 margin
Initiative 300 would have required Denver businesses to give workers one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours of work, with the amount capped at nine sick days annually for companies with 10 or more employees and five sick days annually for smaller businesses. Erin Bennett, a spokeswoman for the Campaign for a Healthy Denver, told the watch-party crowd at Chances Grill: "We feel that the people of Denver have lost today."
Also: The Colorado Independent: Denver sick leave measure loses big

The Denver Post: Colorado Springs could take economic bullet if deficit panel fails to reach accord
Roughly 73,000 people work at Colorado Springs-area military installations and defense contractors, and the chamber estimates the economic impact for the area at about $6.5 billion.


Health care
Colorado Springs Gazette: Memorial bids to be made public in early December
The public will get the chance to question companies bidding to lease Memorial Health System in early December, if a proposal from the chair of the task force running the lease process is adopted.

Health Policy Solutions: It was a CLASS act
It's hard to reframe an issue, particularly when it's become partisan, but we have to figure out a way to confront the reality of our long-term care needs, despite the recent suspension of the federal CLASS Act. Editor's note: The piece is written by Colorado Center on Law and Policy Health Care Program Director Elisabeth Arenales.  

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