Tag Archives: local governments

Minimum Wage Bill Fails

MINIMUM WAGEA Democratic effort to allow cities to raise the minimum wage in Colorado has failed in the state Legislature. A GOP-controlled Senate committee voted 3-2 yesterday not to allow local governments to set wages above the statewide Continue reading

BLM Faces Lawsuit Over Shady Land Protection

bladderpodThe federal government is using questionable practices to lock up land in Northwest Colorado. That’s according to several local governments and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. The Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado Continue reading

Mineral Owners Could get Compensation from Anti-Fracking Governments

frackingMineral owners would get compensation from local governments that restrict fracking under a bill being considered by Colorado lawmakers. Whether more regulations over fracking are needed is expected to be one of Continue reading

Lawmakers Propose Withholding Severance Tax Funds from Non-Participating Counties

oil-and-gas-drilling-300Republicans peeved at cities and counties that have put limits on oil and gas drilling have proposed punishing them by withholding tax revenue they get from drilling, called severance tax. A proposal for punitive action against local Continue reading

Interest High in Serving on Oil and Gas Task Force

Co-Oil-Gas-300The interest in serving on the governor’s task force charged with recommending new oil and gas regulations is higher than expected. There is so much interest, that the decision of who will serve has been delayed. Governor Hickenlooper wanted to make the announcement last week, but the number of Continue reading

Fracking Opponents Halt Ballot Campaign

frackingOrganizers of a proposed ballot question to give local governments more control over oil drilling in Colorado have suspended their campaign because Continue reading

Wildfire Risk Reduction Grants Available

CDNRThe Colorado Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a third round of awards under the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program. This phase will provide $3.5 million to reduce the risk of wildfire in areas where human development and forested lands overlap, Continue reading

Hickenlooper’s Oil and Gas Compromise Gets Resistance

oil-and-gas-drilling-300Governor Hickenlooper’s attempt to compromise on legislation that would simultaneously give local governments more control over oil and gas operations, yet protect the rights of a company to drill, has Continue reading