MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont lawmakers say they may require all residents to have health insurance if the elimination of the individual mandate causes a significant number to drop their coverage.Vermont Public Radio reports some lawmakers fear the drop in coverage could lead to an increase in private health insurance premiums.The individual mandate included in the Affordable Care Act required Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty. Its repeal was included in the Republican tax bill passed Dec. 20.Al Gobeille, secretary of the Agency of Human Services, says Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s administration will review a state individual mandate should the numbers of Vermonter with coverage drop.The state Senate Health Care Committee will take testimony on the issue in January. … [Read more...] about Vermont lawmakers to explore state individual mandate
provided by Published 9:00 am, Wednesday, December 27, 2017 MoneyTips Does your home state encourage or discourage partying? A simple way to assess the partying tolerance level is through "sin taxes." Granted, low sin taxes do not necessarily equate to more partying, but they certainly don't hurt. Alcohol and tobacco taxes are huge cash generators for governments, adding $7.04 billion and $18.17 billion respectively to state and local coffers in 2015 (the latest year for cumulative data listed by the Tax Policy Center). So, as defined by sin taxes (or lack thereof), where can you party hearty? Thanks to the Tax Facts and Figures report for 2017 from the Tax Foundation, we can review current sin taxes for all 50 states to help us decide where to put on our party hats. Using the gauge of low sin taxes, the Equality State has no equal. Wyoming taxes wine at 28 cents per gallon, spirits at around 95 cents per gallon, and beer at a mere 2 cents per gallon. Those are by far … [Read more...] about My State Parties Harder Than Your State
The History Colorado Center is working with a new strategy lately, building its major museum exhibits around the resources it holds in-house, namely the millions of objects and records the state has collected over the years. Its latest attraction, “Zoom In,” featuring 100 of them, demonstrates why that’s a good way of doing business; the exhibition is a tightly-edited, entertaining and, at times, moving tribute to the place we call home. It’s an old way of doing business, of course. For decades, the museum put its collection front and center for the public, though for the first half of the 2010s, it shifted its major focus to traveling shows on topics like the history of toys and the civil rights movement. They were were fine fare, really, but had little to do with Colorado in particular, and the public stayed away. In response, the museum changed leadership and its game plan. “Zoom In” gives folks a reason to return to History … [Read more...] about “Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects” at History Colorado shows how quickly things change
Colorado State coach Mike Bobo locked in 17 players during the program’s early signing period, but the Rams would have reached 19 had they not suffered late-season coaching vacancies at both offensive and defensive coordinator. “I’m willing to sacrifice losing those two players to make sure I find the right fit for a coordinator,” Bobo said, “and I’m in the process of doing that right now.” Bobo could fill the openings using several different combinations of job duties, but these titles remain open: offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, defensive coordinator, defensive line coach, linebackers coach, cornerbacks coach, special teams coordinator, and an additional 10th full-time assistant. The defensive coordinator will also have the authority to hire his own staff, Bobo said. Division I coaches are allowed to hit the road for in-person prospect visits starting Jan. 12, and having a full staff to recruit before National Signing Day (Feb. … [Read more...] about Who will Colorado State football choose to fill its many assistant coaching vacancies?
BOISE, Idaho — Chandler Hutchison scored 24 points and Boise State never trailed in beating Colorado State 93-71 in the Mountain West Conference opener Wednesday night to notch the Broncos’ eighth straight win at home. Marcus Dickinson scored a career-high 16, Alex Hobbs also scored 16 with four assists, Christian Sengfelder had 13 points and Zach Haney 12 for the Broncos (11-2, 1-0). Boise State outshot Colorado State 54 percent to 41 percent from the floor and scored 27 points off of 13 Rams’ turnovers. Colorado State closed to 49-44 on Nico Carvacho’s jumper early in the second half, but Sengfelder hit back-to-back 3-pointers and the Broncos pulled away to a 72-59 lead on Hutchison’s layup with 8:32 left. Haney’s layup sparked an 11-0 run for a 21-point lead while the Rams went scoreless for 3 1/2 minutes and the Broncos cruised the rest of the way. Boise State twice led by 13 and took a 43-33 advantage into the break after scoring 17 points off … [Read more...] about Colorado State Rams fall to Boise State Broncos on the road
The Colorado State men’s basketball team opens the 2017-18 Mountain West schedule at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Boise State. Here’s a closer look at where the Rams stand after 13 nonconference games this season. Record: 7-6 Best win: 72-63 vs. Colorado (Dec. 2) — The Rams’ lone Power 5 victory of their nonconference slate almost got away as a 17-point advantage slimmed to 4 points with under a minute left. But CSU’s resiliency shined through against its in-state rival, forcing five CU missed shots to end the game and seal the win. It was the first home victory in the series since 2012. Worst loss: 92-66 at Arkansas (Dec. 5) — Still riding the wave from its win against the Buffaloes, CSU traveled to Fayetteville and was hammered by 26 points. All five Rams starters had two fouls by halftime, the team shot just 36.5 percent from the field for the game, and CSU committed 19 turnovers compared to the Razorbacks’ five. Nonconference MVP: Junior guard … [Read more...] about Mountain West basketball primer: Colorado State’s return to NCAA Tournament isn’t likely
Deion Sanders has dipped his toes into the coaching waters a few times since his last NFL game in the 2005 season. He coached the football team at Prime Prep Academy, a Texas charter school he founded in 2012. It went … poorly. This past season, Sanders was offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill, helping lead the Tigers to a Texas private school championship. But now, Sanders could be looking to move up in the world. According to Josh Newberg of Noles 247, he and new Florida State Coach Willie Taggart have “mutual interest” in Sanders joining his staff as its defensive backs coach. Sanders played football and baseball and ran track at Florida State before his Hall of Fame NFL career, and he has remained in the public eye as a pro football commentator for CBS and the NFL Network. But would any of the skills he has acquired translate to an NCAA coaching job, which would go beyond simply coaching defensive backs to include recruiting and the like? Would … [Read more...] about Coach Prime Time? Deion Sanders reportedly eyeing job at Florida State.
It’s official: Max Borghi is headed to Washington State. The highly-recruited Pomona tailback who won the 2017 Gold Helmet award had been verbally committed to the Cougars since June, but didn’t send in his National Letter of Intent to the Cougars on Wednesday, the first day of Division I football’s early signing period. That led to speculation that Borghi, who led the Panthers to their first Class 5A title this fall, might be leaning toward signing with Stanford, as the Cardinal made a late offer. But Borghi will play at the Palouse after all, where he will be under the direction of Cougars’ running backs coach Jim Mastro. Welcome to the WSU Cougar Family @max_borghi! #GoCougs #JoinTheHunt pic.twitter.com/SJJDGN3en8 — WSU Cougar Football (@wsucougfb) December 22, 2017 … [Read more...] about Pomona tailback Max Borghi officially signs to play football at Washington State
The $1.5 trillion federal tax-cut bill awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature will cause a de facto state tax hike for some Coloradans, state budget forecasters said Wednesday, news that could be viewed as an unexpected Christmas gift for state budget writers — and a lump of coal for those who will foot the bill. The seemingly contradictory result could generate between $196 million and $340 million next fiscal year, an unexpected windfall that immediately raised hopes for more transportation funding in the 2018-19 state budget. Aside from the tax bill fallout, the two quarterly revenue forecasts released Wednesday by the Colorado Legislative Council and Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office were largely in line with the most recent forecasts. Both forecasts, released in September, expect the Colorado economy to continue growing steadily, albeit at a slow pace, due to the state’s tight labor market and already low unemployment rate. … [Read more...] about Why the newly passed federal tax cut will mean higher state taxes for some in Colorado
An Islamic State suicide bomber struck a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and underscoring the extremist group's growing reach in Afghanistan even as its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria has been dismantled. The attack may have targeted the pro-Iran Afghan Voice news agency housed in the two-story building. The Sunni extremists of IS view Shiite Muslims as apostates and have repeatedly attacked Afghanistan's Shiite minority and targets linked to neighboring Iran. The attack wounded more than 80 people, many of whom suffered severe burns. Local Shiite leader Abdul Hussain Ramazandada said the bomber slipped into an academic seminar at the center and blew himself up among the participants. More bombs went off just outside the center as people fled. The IS-linked Aamaq news agency said four bombs were used in the assault, one strapped to the suicide attacker. It said the center was funded by Iran and used to propagate Shiite beliefs. Ali Reza … [Read more...] about Islamic State claims attack on Shiite center in Kabul, 41 dead