2009 News

Penry rips plan to close Grand Junction nursing unit PDF Print E-mail

(Denver Post, September 9, 2009)

State Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry and other Republicans have repeatedly said that Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter isn't making the "tough choices" to cut spending in order to balance the budget.

But when Ritter last month announced one particular cut, the closure of a 32-bed nursing unit for developmentally disabled patients in Penry's hometown of Grand Junction, Penry and other Western Slope Republicans pounced.


Commission starts work on untangling Colorado government’s financial mess PDF Print E-mail

(Denver Business Journal, July 8, 2009)

Colorado would have to raise its state sales tax 45 percent if that source were to be used to close the budget shortfall that is predicted for the 2010-11 fiscal year, a former director of the non-partisan Legislative Council said Wednesday.

With that statement, Charlie Brown, now director of the Center for Colorado’s Economic Future at the University of Denver, put into perspective the enormous task facing the Fiscal Stability Commission during its first meeting.\


Lawmakers, labor leaders blast Ritter over lockout veto PDF Print E-mail

Denver Business Journal,  May 18, 2009

Both sides in ongoing talks between Colorado grocery-store chains and their employees weighed in Wednesday on Gov. Bill Ritter's veto of a bill that would have extended unemployment benefits to locked-out workers.

A spokeswoman for King Soopers, one of the supermarket chains in the contract talks, applauded Ritter's action, as did the head of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry.  Read More...

Governor quietly OKs gay benefits PDF Print E-mail

Denver Post, May 21, 2009

Gov. Bill Ritter this week quietly signed into law a bill that will allow gay and lesbian state employees to share benefits with their partners in the way married couples already can.

Ritter signed Senate Bill 88 on Monday, and, as he did with another gay- rights measure this year and one last year, he did so with scant public notice. Reached Wednesday, Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, one of the bill's sponsors, said he hadn't been told that Ritter signed the measure.  Read More...

Two Legislators’ Analysis of State Budget Online PDF Print E-mail

KBDI April 23, 2009

If you missed the state budget analysis from Rep. Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) and Rep. Don Marostica (R-Loveland) moments after the legislature passed its proposed budget, you can catch their Studio 12 interview online via free video-on-demand at www.KBDI.org.  

LINK to program:  http://www.kbdi.org/on_demand/video_player.cfm?series=17056994

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