Gold Dome: State Hears Comments on Budget

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The Joint Budget Committee at the Colorado legislature heard public comments on the state budget for the first time.

Gov. Jared Polis is attempting to meet with the Denver Classroom Teachers Association and Denver Public Schools to review an informal analysis prepared by his budget office. The state will decide whether to step in by next Monday.

The state Senate is expected to approve legislation today that would require new campaign finance disclosures from political committees that send mailers or air commercials in an election year, but it stops short of addressing dark money issues.

Gov. Jared Polis has yet to appoint new leaders at the Department of Human Services, the Department of Revenue and the Department of Personnel Administration.

David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist with Denver-based law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, has been tapped to replace Ryan Zinke as the head of the Department of the Interior.

A bystander who was shot and paralyzed during a police shootout last year is suing the agencies involved in the incident, claiming they were poorly trained and didn’t follow protocol.

The Boulder County DA is charging two sheriff’s deputies with manslaughter after a man died in their care while being transported to detox.

Immigration activist Jeanette Vizguerra is fighting her own battle to stay in the country as her special allowance to stay is about to expire.

Federal prosecutors subpoenaed financial information from President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee. The subpoena is seen as an indication that investigations involving Trump and his 2016 election reach wider than just Russian involvement.

 

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