Colorado bill to tighten vaccine exemptions gets first hearing

Medical experts call vaccines one of the most significant achievements ever in public health and polling data shows Coloradans strongly support them, but still a measure to tighten vaccine exemptions for children is facing a heated political fight. A bill seeking to increase Colorado’s low immunization rates by making the process to request nonmedical exemptions harder was killed last year after the Democratic governor and a vocal minority of parents

Nearly one in four Colorado taxpayers owed Uncle Sam money in 2017

About one in five U.S. tax filers owed the federal government money on their 2017 returns, but in Colorado, that ratio is closer to one in four, according to a study from SmartAsset. “In 2017, 24.2% of Colorado tax returns had underpayments,” said Casey Luneva, a spokeswoman for the New York-based personal finance technology company. Using IRS data, SmartAsset counted 656,960 Colorado tax returns with underfunded federal obligations. Those taxpayers

Colorado marijuana sales hit a record $1.75 billion in 2019

Last year was the most lucrative 12 months for cannabis sales in Colorado since the state’s voters legalized recreational marijuana. Medical and recreational cannabis sales hit a record $1.75 billion in 2019, up 13% from 2018, according to data from the Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. Marijuana tax collections also hit an all-time high, at more than $302 million in 2019. December closed out the year with strong sales

Many Colorado homeowners are “equity rich” when it comes to their mortgages

Mortgage borrowers in Colorado ended the last decade in a much better place than where they started it, especially along the Front Range. Only 2.8% of Colorado mortgages were “seriously underwater” in the fourth quarter, meaning the loan was 125% or more above the home’s market value, according to an analysis provided by ATTOM Data Solutions. That ranks as the fifth-lowest ratio of seriously underwater homes after Washington, Oregon, California,

Erie’s The Old Mine recognized for its cider, focus on community

On the wall of what once was mining headquarters in Old Town Erie now hang 99 beer bottles arranged in the shape of a handlebar mustache. The mustache, a tribute to the miners who once occupied the town, has become a trademark of The Old Mine. Mike Yeager met John Jacquat in 2013 when they sat on the planning board for the first annual Erie Brewfest. Yeager had fallen in

Reps. Ken Buck, Doug Lamborn, push back against marijuana banking bill

Twelve members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including two from Colorado, are publicly pushing back against a federal bill that would give legal cannabis businesses access to banking services. Craig F. Walker , The Denver PostU.S. Rep. Ken Buck in 2014 (Denver Post file) In a Feb. 13 letter sent to Mike Crapo, chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Reps. Ken Buck, R-Windsor, Doug

Can Republicans, Democrats agree on a solution?

One thing every lawmaker inside the Capitol agrees on: Colorado needs to allocate a lot of money, this year and in the future, to address the state’s multibillion-dollar transportation project backlog and additional road, bridge and transit needs that’ll arise as people continue to move here. Capitol Democrats and Republicans, the governor’s office and numerous outside groups have been and still are engaged in talks about a potential bipartisan deal

Colorado’s insulin price cap not helping everyone

When Melissa Knott tried to order her children’s next three-month supply of insulin, she expected to shell out about $900, which would have been a welcome decrease from previous years. Instead, her insurance company told her she’d need to pay $5,600 for the three types of insulin her two children use, despite a new Colorado law limiting out-of-pocket costs to $100 per prescription each month. Knott’s insurance plan fell into

GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand – The Denver Post

DETROIT — General Motors says it’s pulling out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don’t produce adequate returns on investments. The company said in a statement Sunday that it will wind down sales, engineering and design operations for its historic Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand in 2021. It also plans to sell its Rayong factory in Thailand to China’s

What to do with Boulder County home – The Denver Post

Editor’s note: Due to privacy concerns, this story has been edited to remove the address of Mel Tucker’s Boulder County home.. Former University of Colorado head football coach Mel Tucker faces a major decision other than hiring assistant coaches and recruiting players at Michigan State University: What to do with his sprawling home in Boulder County’s Baseline neighborhood. Tucker and his wife purchased the 10,354-square-foot property last March, paying $2.75