The first thing to know about the proposed budget for Colorado’s 2021-22 fiscal year is that it’s a whole lot bigger than anyone at the Statehouse had planned for. At $34.1 billion, it’s close to $4 billion fatter than what the state is spending in the current fiscal year. The budget, which will take effect July 1, has been workshopped for five months by the bipartisan Joint Budget Committee and began wending its way through the Statehouse this week. On Thursday, the Senate weighed — and mostly rejected — dozens of amendments. It’ll pass the Senate on Friday and head to the House next week, then eventually to the governor’s desk. Here’s a look at some of the most significant spending proposals in this year’s budget (the figures are subject to change in the coming days), which pays for every state department, and then some. Department of Health Care Policy and Financing: $13.2 billion This agency gets the biggest chunk of the budget every year, by far, as it houses … [Read more...] about Colorado’s budget is nearly $4 billion bigger than last year. Here’s how the state will likely spend your money.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House of Delegates voted Tuesday to expand public access to records relating to police misconduct cases and to limit the use of no-knock police warrants. The 88-46 vote to pass the measure that originated in the Senate marked another step in a larger effort, as the two chambers are working on finalizing an extensive package of police reform in the last week of the legislative session. The Senate would still have to sign off on some changes made by the House. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 1.8K New Cases Reported, Hospitalizations Up Again On Monday night, the House passed another Senate bill. It would create a unit in the attorney general’s office to investigate the death of a person caused by a police officer. The bill, which returns to the Senate to consider changes, also would prohibit law enforcement from buying surplus military equipment. The House has now passed several Senate bills on police reform with a variety of … [Read more...] about Maryland House OKs More Access To Police Misconduct Records
The House Committee on Ethics announced Friday they opened an investigation on two Republican Representatives, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY). This comes as both Republicans recently were accused of sexual misconduct. The letter opening Gaetz’s investigation stated the Committee had been made aware of public allegations surrounding Gaetz. The letter lays out that Gaetz is under investigation for: …sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds to personal use, and/or accepted a bribe, improper gratuity, or impermissible gift. These are all to be a “violation of the House Rules, laws, or other standards of conduct. The Committee also noted that “the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publicly disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the … [Read more...] about House Ethics Committee Investigating GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz and Tom Reed
George Floyd died as a result of a lack of oxygen from being pressed against the pavement with a knee on his neck, a pulmonary critical care expert witness testified Thursday during Derek Chauvin’s murder trial. Dr. Martin Tobin, a specialist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola University’s medical school, flatly rejected that Floyd’s preexisting conditions or drug use caused his death. “A healthy person subjected to what Mr. Floyd was subjected to would have died,” Tobin said, describing how Floyd’s breathing was severely constricted as Chauvin and two other Minneapolis Police officers pinned him down on his stomach with his face pressed against the ground and handcuffs restraining his hands behind him. During a 9 1/2 minute graphic presentation of the officer’s actions, Tobin added that Chauvin’s knee was “virtually on the neck” for over 90% of the time. He cited other factors that made it more difficult for Floyd to breathe: the street’s hard asphalt … [Read more...] about Expert Witness: Preexisting Conditions, Fentanyl Did Not Cause George Floyd’s Death