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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonAugust 29, 20186min410

Politics, like most avocations, functions in the shadow of myths. Perhaps the most popular is the notion that real social change grows up out of the grassroots — best captured by, “…if the people lead, then their leaders will follow” trope. There is a modicum of truth to this theory, courage always being in short supply among elected officials. However, upon closer inspection, we frequently discover the fingerprints of hidden actors.


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonAugust 20, 20186min537

Last week I found myself pursuing five electric scooters at ten miles per hour that had commandeered a full traffic lane northbound in Denver on Lincoln Avenue. Since Bird and Lime dumped hundreds of their stand-up, motorized scooters without warning on the city’s sidewalks, more and more riders seem to feel the street is a better option for them than the sidewalk. This can’t possibly be a good idea and it is only a question of time before a driver dispatches several of them to an emergency room or the morgue. Skateboarders are now joining in the fun. Honking at them only elicits a middle-fingered salute.


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonAugust 9, 20187min505

Since Colorado voters pasted the TABOR amendment that steers spending and revenues into our state constitution in 1992, the myth of its sacrosanct power has been embroidered each year.  It is frequently viewed as the "third rail" of politics – attempt to tamper with it and you will surely die. However, only a slim majority approved Doug Bruce’s fourth attempt to handcuff government on an otherwise crowded ballot. While Bill Clinton won the presidential poll that year, Ross Perot’s message of budget rectitude scored its largest voter endorsement in Colorado.


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonAugust 2, 20186min399

A recent study published in the Journal of Psychological Science attempted to estimate the collective sense of narcissism shared in each state. The primary measure of perceived self-importance asked residents what percentage of American history was primarily shaped by their own state? Collectively, these estimates totaled a whopping 907%. One of the researchers, Henry Roediger of Washington University in St. Louis observed, “The question we asked is crazy in one sense, because there is no correct answer, but it told us a lot about people and what they believe about themselves. We thought the numbers would be high, but not this high.”


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonJuly 13, 20186min509

Most of us experience confusion with the muddle of terminology surrounding affordable versus public housing. For the most part, public housing is a distinct subset within the affordable housing rubric. Nonetheless, a blurry line separates those whose economic circumstance requires public housing assistance from the fully employed who simply can’t locate housing they can afford. For nearly a century Colorado communities have acknowledged the necessity of providing a limited stock of publicly funded housing units for those with disabilities or poverty incomes. More recently school boards in our resort communities have found themselves financing housing units for teachers whose middle-class incomes fail to match market rentals. This is clearly a public housing demand of a different order.


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonJuly 2, 20186min614

Close to a thousand transit managers, manufacturers, engineering firms, financiers and attorneys arrived in Denver recently for the American Public Transit Association’s (APTA) 2018 Rail Conference. As one industry veteran commented, “There’s a whole lot of whistling past the graveyard going on here!” While our president bemoans the fact that the U. S. has failed to construct the High Speed Rail (HSR) systems scattered across the remainder of the globe, neither Congress nor his administration appears ready to appropriate the infrastructure funding required to jump-start such projects. Nonetheless, a lot of expensive planning is moving forward just as the spigot of available federal money runs dry under fiscal pressure from growing budget deficits precipitated by the 2017 tax cuts.


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonJune 21, 20185min463

You know your life has arrived at some considerable misfortune when you spend a lovely Saturday evening watching Colorado’s Republican and Democratic gubernatorial debates back to back.  Surely there must be better things to do with one’s time: mow the grass, clean out the garage, or smoke some of Colorado’s finest? The first thing I noticed, however, was that Channel 9’s dynamic duo of Brandon Rittiman and Kyle Clark offered two young men convinced their mothers’ sons had turned out quite well. Smug hardly begins to capture their preening self-confidence.


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonJune 6, 20186min532

Now that the governor and legislature have guaranteed regular checks will be forwarded to stave off any imminent collapse of Colorado’s Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), perhaps it is time to examine another unfunded liability that lurks in the state budget. As ominous as the term sounds, an unfunded liability is merely a debt – a promise to pay. In our personal lives we live with many such obligations in the form of mortgage payments, car loans and credit card balances. Banks trust (some of us more than others) that we will hold on to our jobs and punctually manage these debts.