Bente Birkeland

State Capitol Reporter

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.

 

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4:42am

Fri February 18, 2011
Politics

Illegal Immigrant Tuition Bill Clears First Committee

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A bill that would let illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools pay in state college tuition cleared the Democratic controlled senate education committee on a party line vote on Thursday.

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8:30am

Thu February 17, 2011
Budget

Senate Democrats Cool to Hickenlooper's Budget

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Governor John Hickenlooper is proposing large cuts in funding for K-12 education to balance the state’s budget. But top leaders in the Senate say parts of the Governor’s budget are dead on arrival.

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7:21am

Wed February 16, 2011
Budget

Governor Calls for Deep Budget Cuts

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Governor John Hickenlooper released his budget for next year and plans to close a one billion dollar budget shortfall. To the dismay of educators statewide much of the cuts will come from K-12 education.

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3:29pm

Tue February 15, 2011
Budget

Governor’s Budget Has Deep Cuts for K-12 Education

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In his first budget Governor John Hickenlooper is proposing the highest cuts to K through 12 schools the state has ever seen to fill an estimated $1 billion shortfall.

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9:16am

Tue February 15, 2011
Legislature

Constitution Reform Measure Clears Senate Hurdle

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A measure that would make it tougher to change the state constitution cleared a senate committee on Monday. 

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