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Getting to the news, the state’s new executives have announced their budget proposals, and the Colorado Supreme Court’s significant oil and gas decision could have some big impacts.
IN LOCAL NEWS
Attorney General Phil Weiser amended his office’s budget request, asking for an additional $2.1 million for office salaries as well as money to combat the opioid epidemic and to start an Energy Advisory Unit to work with local governments.
Local Impacts of Federal Shutdown
The federal government shutdown is hitting government workers close to home — some Coloradans are taking on second jobs or relying on credit cards to make it until the government reopens.
DeGette Takes on Family Separations
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette has been named chair of the House and Energy Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel and she’s using that position to investigate the Trump administration’s family separation policy.
The Effects of the Martinez Decision
The Colorado Supreme Court earlier this week delivered an opinion in a case questioning how the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission must balance health and environmental effects with drilling interests. And there are a few possible affects of the decision.
Gov. Jared Polis drew criticism for saying in his State of the State address that he planned to offer full-day kindergarten without saying how he would pay for it. Well, now he’s saying how he wants to pay for it.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
Barr Before the Senate
William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, said before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he supported President George Bush’s pardons in the Iran-Contra case and recognizes the presidential powers for pardons. He also said he plans to allow the Mueller investigation to conclude.
SCOTUS’ Labor Ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a major decision in favor of workers, ruling unanimously that independent contractors who work in transportation may not be forced into mandatory arbitration.
Avoiding Government Eyes
I’ve heard some compelling-sounding theories about Facebook developing facial recognition theory. Whether they’re right or not, the tech is very real, and advocacy groups are asking tech companies to keep that technology away from the government.
More on the Government Shutdown
The Trump administration said it would summon tens of thousands of federal employees back to work without pay to get the government running. So far, the average federal employee has already missed $5,000 through the shutdown.
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