News from Colorado Senior Lobby
In this issue you will find:

  • Have you bought your ticket?
  • The Mysteries of how Gallagher, Tabor, Senior Property Tax Exemption ...
  • CSL 2020 Legislative Planning Committee
  • Articles that got our attention: Larimer County assessments lead to protests, state demographer calls for creativity in housing seniors, Colorado needs affordable housing, new legislation could change landscape for renters, good riddance to patronage jobs, Colorado school districts grapple with insuring against hail, Peak Health Alliance is up and running in Summit County, Treasurer’s office failing to reunite Coloradans with lost property, and The Royal Gorge Bridge is 90 - find links to these articles below!
  • Upcoming Events in August
  • Volunteer with CSL
  • Have you joined for 2019?
  • Thank you 2019 Senior Day Sponsors!
August 2019
Greetings!

Colorado Senior Lobby has been busy this summer ! Our CSL Legislative Committee is researching 2020 legislation and reviewing 2019 bills to see how they are being implemented. Plus in August we have our Death and Taxes event. Buy your tickets today and spread the word.
Continue reading our August Newsletter below - You don't want to miss this!
Have you bought your ticket?
Monday, August 12, 2019
Death and Taxes: 
Understanding at Least One of Them.
How Colorado’s Unique Tax Structure
Matters to YOU and YOUR Family.
8:00AM – 9:00AM Coffee & Gathering
9:00AM – 3:30PM Program, with Lunch

Where: PPA Events Center
Address: 2105 Decatur Street, Denver, CO 80211
Free Parking

Tickets: $20 per person – includes full program, with Lunch and Laugh (with Chicken Lips) and helps support Colorado Senior Lobby programs. Seating is limited – buy your tickets today! - CLICK HERE

You will: See, hear, and interact with a select group of lawmakers, policy experts and fellow citizens as we, together, unravel the mysteries of how these laws and constitutional amendments: GALLAGHER (1982), TABOR (1992), SENIOR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION (2000), AMENDMENT 23 (2000) REFERENDUM C (2005), and Proposition CC (2019) together, impact your lives, your schools, your roads, fire departments, and law enforcement in significant and meaningful ways. And what every voter needs to understand about Proposition CC, coming on the fall ballot.
The Mysteries of how Gallagher, Tabor,
Senior Property Tax Exemption, Amendment 23, Referendum C and Proposition CC work together
(or not) .
Colorado Senior Lobby is picking up where we left off last year with the very successful Senior Homestead Exemption event. Building on that, on August 12th, we’ll provide updates on the Homestead Exemption legislative activity, and put it into the context of how it fits into the state budget, how it gets paid for and why that is a recurring issue.

Most of our state budget is run not by the people we elect to represent us, but by algorithms which are in effect formulas. Also, Constitutional and federally imposed funding mandates impact our state budget, along with self-imposed revenue and spending caps, also determined by algorithms - READ MORE
An Update on the
CSL 2020 Legislative Planning Committee
The Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee has been working on 2020 Legislative Planning. The CSL Legislative Committee has met monthly since the 2019 session was over and starting in September they will meet every other week. The goal is to review upcoming 2020 proposed legislation and issues between now and the end of the year and be prepared for the 2020 Legislative Session.

Note that the process of reviewing Colorado legislation is an extremely important part of the lobby’s work, if not the most important work we take on. While the legislature is in session, from January through May we meet weekly on Mondays reviewing legislation and hearing from advocacy groups, non-profits and for-profit entities that are impacted by proposed legislation. In the end, the knowledge the CSL Legislative Committee gains from these meetings and the research we do on legislation, all contribute to the work that the CSL Capitol Gang does at The Capitol lobbying on issues that impact older adults in Colorado - READ MORE
Articles that got our attention
We hope that all of you are watching and reading multiple news sources. Aside from keeping us informed, these ‘news sources’ need our support so where possible please have a paid subscription. Below are some article that may be of interest to you:
Leading up to our Death & Taxes event on August 12th – this article caught our eye:
“Larimer County assessments lead to record protests, resignation of deputy assessor”
Source: Loveland Reporter-Herald, July 2019

“State demographer calls for creativity in housing seniors and low and moderate earners” CLICK HERE
Source: Denverite, July 2019

“Colorado needs affordable housing. The state owns land. Can this combination work?”
Source: Colorado Sun, July 2019

“Impending roll-out of new legislation could change landscape for renters”
Source: Colorado Springs Independent, June 2019

“Good riddance to patronage jobs”CLICK HERE

In Colorado we hear a lot about insufficient school funding – this article gives us a peek at what school districts are facing.
“Taking a hit: Colorado school districts grapple with insuring against hail”CLICK HERE
Source: Chalkbeat, July 2019

“Online Sentinel poll reveals 63% thrilled with BLM move”CLICK HERE

“Peak Health Alliance is up and running in Summit County. It will start offering plans in January 2020”CLICK HERE
Source: Summit Daily - Summit County, July 2019

This is an interesting article about the state general fund being boosted by $30 million in 2019 from the unclaimed property trust fund but there might be a problem.
“State auditor: Treasurer’s office failing to reunite Coloradans with lost property”
Source: Colorado Politics, July 2019

"Study says home-delivered meals could save money" - CLICK HERE
Source: The Denver Post, July 2019

How did they do it? The town has a secret weapon that no other community in the state posseses: a pest control district focused on horticulture.
"How a small Colorado town fought the Japanese beetle and won" - CLICK HERE
Source: Colorado Sun, July 2019

“90 YEARS OF ‘WOW!’: The Royal Gorge Bridge and its fame”CLICK HERE
Source: The Pueblo Chieftain, July 2019
Colorado Day 2019 is August 1st!
"The Centennial State celebrates its 143rd birthday on Thursday, August 1st. More than 20 partner attractions from alpacas to art cars to Smokey Bear will together at History Colorado Center in Denver. Balloons, birthday cake, a bounce house, chalk art, folklorico dancers, face painting, live music, and photos with Denver mascots will be at the gathering and it is all free! ..." - LEARN MORE
Not in Denver on August 1st for Colorado Day at the
History Colorado Center in Denver?
If you are not in Denver on August 1st, note that all of History Colorado's museums throughout the state offer free museum admission on Colorado Day - LEARN MORE
Upcoming Events in August
August 1 - Colorado Day 2019
August 9-11 - Jeffco Fair and Festival - Golden
August 12 - Death and Taxes: Understanding at Least One of Them - LEARN MORE
August 15-18 - Palisades Peach Festival - Palisade
August 16-18 - Wellness Your Way Festival - Denver
August 22 - Statewide Outreach and Engagement Forums - Centennial
August 23 through September 2 - Colorado State Fair & Rodeo - Pueblo
August 26 - Arapahoe County Council on Aging - Englewood
August 29 - CSL Legislative Committee Meeting
August 29 - Statewide Outreach and Engagement Forums - Fort Collins
Find details on our News & Events - CLICK HERE
Volunteer with CSL
There are many ways you can help from event planning to fundraising, membership drives, media promotion and more. Send us an email and tell us about your interests, skills and talents - CLICK HERE
Have you joined for 2019?
Membership gives you access to the CSL Bill Report
and other members' only resources.
Join Today - Individual & Family Memberships - CLICK HERE

Join Today - Organizational Memberships start at $150 - CLICK HERE

Make a Donation to Colorado Senior Lobby - CLICK HERE
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