Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman and outgoing acting Commissioner Steven Miller will be grilled. The IRS is under fire because some conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status were given extra scrutiny in recent years. An inspector general has called the actions “inappropriate.”

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One of two measures Colorado Springs voters will decide in April’s election would allow the city to spend more money on park maintenance from TOPS, a fund that uses a 0.1% sales tax to buy land for outdoor recreation. The city has a big backlog of park maintenance and construction projects, but as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, one park advocacy group says this measure isn’t a great solution.

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A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s Tax Payer’s Bill of Rights or TABOR amendment can move forward…Today is the last day to register to vote for the Colorado Springs special election scheduled for late August…and, Governor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach have ordered all flags fly at half-staff tomorrow on public buildings in honor of Colorado Springs Police Officer Matthew Tyner, who was killed in the line of duty last week.

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Colorado cantaloupe growers are promoting new safeguards as Rocky Ford melons begin returning to grocery stores a year after a listeria outbreak killed 30 people nationwide…Senator Mark Udall toured two Boulder craft breweries today using the opportunity to tout his long-stalled bill that would cut in half the federal excise tax on beer.

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US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is praising a plan to protect four-point-two million acres of roadless National Forest lands in Colorado…A large overhaul of a subsidy for telephone providers is in doubt during the last days of the Colorado legislative session.

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A partisan political battle is emerging at the state capitol over last month’s deadly Lower North Fork Fire…

The House approved a bill today that would grant a tax credit for farmers and ranchers who paid an inheritance tax if they continue to user their land for agricultural purposes.

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An extension of a federal tax break for wind energy production and other alternative energy sources has failed in the Senate…and, a bill to give college credit for previous work experience initially passed the state senate today.

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Colorado is appealing a district court decision that says the state’s lack of funding for K-12 schools is unconstitutional…and, jurors deliberated for less than four hours before returning a guilty verdict against Douglas Bruce today.

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The Colorado Department of Revenue says a recent tax amnesty program has garnered more than $11 million in back payments…and, the U.S. Forest Service urges caution when embarking on holiday tree cutting in national forests.

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The state’s nearly two-week trial on congressional redistricting officially finished today. Attorneys delivered their closing arguments and a final decision will be left to a Denver district judge…The Colorado Department of Revenue says the state’s tax amnesty program has collected more than $800,000 since it began last month…and, The University of Denver has been [...]

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Governor Hickenlooper will release his proposed budget early next week and pretty much everyone is expecting more cuts to K-12 schools. That’s why many education leaders are in the midst of a late hour blitz pushing for the passage of Proposition 103. It would temporarily raise state sales and income taxes to help fund [...]

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Battle lines are being drawn over a ballot measure before voters this fall that would temporarily hike Colorado’s sales and income taxes to backfill millions of dollars in recent cuts to education. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KUNC, Kirk Siegler reports on a group of former and current Republican lawmakers [...]

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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association says it will likely develop less renewable energy than expected over the next several years because its members are developing their own projects…and, Colorado gaming commissioners have decided not to immediately reconsider a tax cut given to casinos earlier this year.

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Governor John Hickenlooper is asking state employees if they are satisfied with their jobs…Proponents of an initiative that would raise Colorado sales and income taxes and earmark the money for education have collected enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot…and, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia testified that inequities exist in education but [...]

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Supporters of an initiative that would increase Colorado sales and income taxes and earmark the money for education say they will have enough signatures to get the measure on the November election ballot. But as Daniel Costello reports, the backers will likely have an uphill battle convincing voters to pass the measure.

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Lawmakers want to entice people to pay their back taxes to help fill part of the state’s budget shortfall. Two Democratic lawmakers have recently introduced a tax amnesty bill that would waive penalties and fines if people come forward and pay up. While Bente Birkeland reports that the idea is popular on both sides [...]

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A bill to reinstate tax exemptions for certain agriculture products such as pesticides and herbicides cleared the house finance committee on a party line vote yesterday. Republicans argue that the sales tax is hurting local businesses and should be repealed. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A Democratic state lawmaker unveiled his plan yesterday to raise sales and income taxes to help shore up about a billion and a half dollars for education. The measure would change state law, and would be a citizens’ initiative on the ballot this fall. But as Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol, the [...]

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A Republican measure to eliminate state sales taxes on soft drinks cleared the house finance committee on a party line vote. Lawmakers got rid of the sales tax exemption for soft drinks last legislative session to help fill a budget shortfall. That move led to a big fracture between Republicans and Democrats. And as [...]

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A federal district court has ruled to temporarily block a Colorado law that aims to collect sales taxes from online purchases. The judge says the law is unconstitutional even if the end goal is important and legitimate. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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This fall Colorado voters will decide on a trio of measures that would cut taxes and fees and ban the state from borrowing money. And while the initiatives are being debated as a group, each one separately would have a host of different implications. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland is breaking down each of the [...]

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Colorado lawmakers, school officials, and children’s organizations gathered at the state capitol today for a rally opposing three tax-limit initiatives that are on the November ballot…and, The Otero County Sheriff’s Department is still looking for information regarding a break-in last week at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic site.

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Voters will decide on a trio of tax and spending measures this fall that would cut billions of dollars from state and local governments and ban the state from borrowing money. In a show of bi-partisanship, both Democrats and Republicans are working together to try and defeat the measures, calling them draconian. And a grassroots [...]

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