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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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In The News
  • A shift in state transportation money will cut in half the time to widen Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock. Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Shailen Bhatt announced Friday morning an additional $15 million for the widening project that will be used to speed up studies that have to be finished before construction can begin.The funding will allow construction to start in summer 2019 with the project expected to be completed sometime in 2021, Bhatt said at a gathering of state, local and federal officials at the Douglas County administration building. Initially CDOT said widening corridor from two to three lanes in each direction would take more than a decade. (“New plan will cut in half time to widen I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock ,” Colorado Springs Gazette, 1/9/2017) 
  • Colorado coal production last year plummeted by nearly 40 percent, a low not experienced since the late 1970s, according to one measure of the industry’s activity. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Thursday that the state’s 2016 production was 11.4 million tons last year, down from 18.9 million in 2015, or a 39.5 percent decline. Nationwide production was likewise down, falling 17.6 percent, to 739 million tons. (“Colorado coal production drops almost 40 percent in 2016,” Grand Junction Sentinel, 1/8/2017)   

  • The director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) faced pressure on Friday to make changes to Colorado's AMBER Alert system. The FOX31 Problem Solvers first questioned the CBI's decision-making process after the bureau did not initially send out an AMBER Alert in the case of David Puckett. The bureau’s director, Michael Rankin, spoke publicly for the first time Friday since issuing a delayed AMBER Alert for David earlier this month. (“CBI director welcomes AMBER Alert input, says change is not needed ,” KDVR, 1/9/2017)

  • Colorado’s Department of Corrections is wasting as much as $44 million annually because it has not fixed problems in a treatment program intended to prepare sex offenders for release from prison, a recent state audit found. An analysis by auditors showed that nearly 1,300 prisoners in December 2015 had passed their parole eligibility date but had not received sex-offender treatment. It determined the potential cost to taxpayers by calculating the annual cost for their prolonged incarceration. (“Colorado wasting as much as $44 million a year in sex-offender program, audit says ,” Denver Post, 1/6/2017)   

GOP Member Tweets

Rep. Clarice Navarro @ClariceHD47

.@Chris_Holbert Make your voices heard. A leaner govt is a better govt. great work @ColoSenGOP… @COHouseGOP

Jon Becker @RepJBecker

Congratulations to my good friend Don Coram! You will be greatly missed in the House! Enjoy your naps in the Senate :)

They are called public records for a reason. Transparency = better gov't.… via @colo_politics #coleg #copolitics  

Capitol Pictures

Representative-elect Marc Catlin (R-Montrose) and former Representative and now Senator-elect Don Coram (R-Montrose) shortly after winning the vacancy elections in House District 58 and Senate District 6 on January 7, 2017. 
Representatives Kevin Van Winkle, Kim Ransom, Polly Lawrence along with Senators Jim Smallwood, and Chris Holbert all attending the Douglas County Business Alliance. 

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