Supporters of an initiative that would increase Colorado sales and income taxes and earmark the money raised for education say they will have enough signatures to get the measure placed on the November election ballot. But as Daniel Costello reports, the backers will likely have an uphill battle convincing voters to pass the measure.
The impasse over raising the nation’s debt limit continues to be the hot topic in Washington. But both Democrats and Republicans are going to do some Presidential Politicking in Colorado this week. KUNC’s Brian Larson spoke to Colorado Statesman Publisher Jody Hope Strogoff for the latest.
Members of Congress are hoping to avert public panic as the country is now just a week away from defaulting on its debt for the first time ever. But the message from freshmen Republican members of Colorado’s delegation is “don’t worry.”
Eastern Colorado Representative Cory Gardner says he wants to reassure people that Congress will not let the nation’s economy implode.
“This country will not default. The president will make the determination on what to do if there is no agreement but we will not default. This congress, we will come to a solution,” says Gardner.
The Nation recently published a series of pieces about the relationship that local and state-based Republican legislators have with a group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a membership-only group that brings together state legislators, interest groups and corporate representatives to draft model bills that can then be introduced at the state level of government.