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Linda GormanLinda GormanApril 17, 20178min441

Senate Bill 17-267 was recently approved by the Senate Finance Committee on a 4-1 vote. That’s potentially bad news for taxpayers, and sick people. The bill would make Colorado’s state budget less transparent, reduce legislative and taxpayer control over state spending, create two new slush funds outside of legislative control, increase state indebtedness, and use a financial trick to raise the amount of tax money the state can keep without voter approval.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 15, 20177min418

Even if the Affordable Care Act is repealed or significantly changed by Congress and President Donald Trump, the more than 9,900 employees of the City and County of Denver enrolled in one of the three city-offered health insurance plans should not be greatly affected. Heather Britton, manager of benefits and wellness in the city's Office of Human Resources, said that's because the city contracts with the three insurance companies calls for the city to be fully insured instead of self-insured. "We pay each of the companies specific monthly premiums and they take the risk based on the number of claims and other factors," Britton told The Colorado Statesman.


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Jennifer KernsJennifer KernsMarch 31, 20167min502

Who is Donna Lynne? During a sparsely-attended snow-day press conference last week, Governor Hickenlooper nominated Donna Lynne to serve as Colorado's next Lieutenant Governor. In addition to the many commendations that Gov. Hickenlooper heaped upon his nominee, the warmth between the two could have melted the foot of snow that was amassing just outside the statehouse Wednesday. But the real snow job may be just how liberal Gov. Hickenlooper's candidate truly is.


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With a vacancy looming for one of the state's top posts, Gov. John Hickenlooper has nominated healthcare executive Donna Lynne to be his lieutenant governor. The Colorado Statesman supports the nomination and urges a "yes" vote for her confirmation. An extensive review of her qualifications yields the portrait of a respected businesswoman and experienced civil servant who knows how to get things accomplished in government.



Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 24, 201646min476

By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_ DENVER — Good morning, and a happy Holy Thursday. Back to work today on snow packed side streets, icy interstate highways, and what should be a gorgeous, mostly sunny, snow-covered day in the Denver metro area. Travel safe out there. "Ask any woman and she'll tell you: health care for women is more expensive than it is for men. In fact, during their reproductive years, women spend 68 percent more on health care than men do." — Rod Blagojevich Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 23, 201615min441

Gov. John Hickenlooper nominated Kaiser Foundation Health Plan executive Donna Lynne Wednesday to replace Joe Garcia as Colorado's lieutenant governor and to fill the newly created position of “chief operating officer” for the state. “Donna Lynne is uniquely qualified to take on this role,” said Hickenlooper. “Her background in successfully running large complex organizations — in both the private and public sector — and her wisdom and experience in operations, will enhance the lieutenant governor’s role to make even more of an impact on programs across the state.”