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April 21, 2011

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Plan would add $90 million
for state's public schools


Fiscal policy

Pueblo Chieftain editorial: State aid

Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs, wants the state to help rural school districts and so he is seeking to add $90 million in public school funding to next fiscal year's budget.


The Denver Post: Coffman's proposed military cuts face strong opposition

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman is in a fighting mood. Not only does the Aurora Republican support Defense Secretary Robert Gates' roposal to find $178.3 billion in defense savings over the next five years, he is proposing another half a billion dollars in cuts to beloved programs such as education reimbursements, the Selective Service and the military's health plan, TRICARE.


Glenwood Springs Post-Independent: Budget reduction plan will save 17 teaching jobs

The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 will use $400,000 in general fund reserves and some of the money that was put back into the state's budget to save 17 teaching positions that had been on the chopping block for next year.


Health care

The Denver Post: Regional health director to speak in Colorado

Health and Human Services Regional Director Marguerite Salazar is visiting the Children's Hospital to talk about a federal initiative that addresses preventable injuries and medical complications. Salazar will talk Thursday morning about the program called Partnership for Patients. It has received $1 billion in federal funding to launch.


Health Policy Solutions commentary: A critical moment to oppose health exchange

I see just a few problems with Senate Bill 200 to create a Colorado health insurance exchange: the policy, the drafting, and the politics. Otherwise, it's a great idea.


Jobs and economic security

Pueblo Chieftain: Local jobless rates reflect state's woes

Pueblo County's unemployment rate dipped in March but remained above 11 percent, tied for the highest mark among the state's metro areas.


Denver Business Journal: Survey: 42% of Colorado companies will hire in 2011

Forty-two percent of Colorado companies plan to hire workers in 2011 to fill vacancies, and 24 percent say they will create and hire for new positions, according to Mountain States Employers Council survey data provided to the Denver Business Journal.

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