[Colorado state Representative Ken] Summers intends to sponsor a bill seeking greater outreach to people who are eligible for food stamps but not receiving them. It would encourage partnerships with nonprofits in order to draw down federal money.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
The federal government reported Friday that Colorado created or saved 8,094 jobs through grants, loans and contracts funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.Problem is, the figure is wrong, according to an analysis of recovery.gov data by The Denver Post.
Although a Colorado Springs Head Start program reported it had created or preserved 269 jobs, the real number was three, according to an interview with a program manager.
. . . figures for stimulus awards in Colorado, as with an earlier data release, are inconsistent, inaccurate or incomplete so far.
"You've got compliance issues and you have data-quality issues," said Michael Balsam, an executive with Onvia, a Seattle company tracking stimulus spending.
Some economists and researchers said the government deserves credit for passing the stimulus package, no matter what numbers eventually are documented."We're down 100,000 jobs compared to a year ago, so if this effort has done anything to save some jobs, to keep some people working, that's good, that's the upside," said Gary Horvath, marketing analyst at the Colorado Leeds School of Business.
Friday, October 30, 2009
This Colorado statute is a perfect example of corporatism.
How much do you want to bet that who ever lobbied for this program had a fleet of old trucks ready to be retired; and was planning on buying a new fleet that qualifies for this government subsidy... er, I mean "qualifies to take this money out of your bank account."
C.R.S. 42-1-304. Green truck grant program - created.
(1) There is hereby created in the governor's energy office the green truck grant program to provide grants to qualified recipients for reductions in truck emissions and energy usage by:
(I) Reimbursements of twenty-five percent, not to exceed fifty thousand dollars to a qualified recipient, of the overall cost incurred by a qualified recipient in purchasing or installing fuel-efficient technologies and emission-control devices approved by the United States environmental protection agency's smartway transport partnership program, or any successor program, to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases and other harmful air pollutants from trucks.
(II) The total of all reimbursements issued by the office to qualified recipients pursuant to subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (a) shall not exceed five hundred thousand dollars in a fiscal year.
(I) Providing grants of up to five thousand dollars per qualified recipient for the retirement and scrapping of a 1989 or older model year truck that is:
(A) Documented to have been in use for at least ten thousand miles during the calendar year preceding the qualified recipient's application for the grant; and
(B) Donated to an established auto parts recycler, as defined in section 42-4-2201 (1), or a scrap metal recycler, that operates pursuant to all laws, rules, and regulations of the state and the United States environmental protection agency regarding recycling.
(II) The total of all grants issued by the office to qualified recipients pursuant to subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (b) shall not exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars in a fiscal year.
(a) The office shall administer the grant program and shall award reimbursements and grants as provided in this part 3. Reimbursements and grants shall be paid out of the green truck grant program fund created in section 42-1-305.
(b) The office shall adopt policies for the implementation of the green truck grant program. At a minimum, the policies shall specify the procedures for applying for a reimbursement or grant, the form of the reimbursement or grant application, and the information to be provided by the applicant.
(c) The office shall review each reimbursement or grant application received from a qualified recipient and shall make a determination as to whether the reimbursement or grant should be awarded and, subject to the limitations in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (1) of this section, the amount of the reimbursement or grant. If the office determines an application is missing any information required to be included with the application, the office may contact the applicant to obtain the missing information.
Source: L. 2009: Entire part added, (HB 09-1298), ch. 417, p. 2315, § 3, effective June 4.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Many Colorado Republicans are against nationalized health care because they “don’t want the government coming between a patient and his doctor.”
But many of these same Colorado Republicans want MORE government regulation of medical marijuana to prevent doctors from prescribing that specific remedy.
It must be hard to keep principles straight when you really do not have any.
Monday, October 26, 2009
"Impossible to predict, but I'd guess the Nuggets here. Everything went right for them last year. That never happens twice."In part two of the same column, Simmons had more to say on the Nuggets:
You don't want to ride the George Karl Train after a good year. He gets snippy, the players tire of him, bad things happen, he spends a lot of time standing on the sidelines with his hands in his pockets and that, "Look, I don't care anymore, if they want to go down in flames doing it their way, that's fine, I'll just stand over here" look on his face. Keep your guard up, Nuggets fans.
[I]t seems to mean either, "I'm easy" or "I needed to figure out a way to fit in with the other women at the strip joint." Either way, red flag.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
With 11 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions through his first six games, it's getting tougher all the time to make the case that Jay Cutler has been a difference maker in Chicago.At the very least, he's no Kyle Orton.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Come on, lefties! Where is the outrage. We have homeless people eating dog food and the Obamas are feeding their dog veal.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The AG referenced is Republican Attorney General John Suthers. The rules he desires are for government regulation of medical marijuana in the state.
His call for government regulations demonstrates, once again, that very few Republicans actually believe in freedom.
If he believed in freedom, he would know that the only rules and regulations necessary are provided by the free market.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Kent Thiry, DaVita's chief executive, has said metro Denver's central location, lower costs and desirability as a place to live factored into the company's decision.A "necessary lubricant," Thiry said, is a new state income tax credit of 3.8 percent for up to five years to companies if they select Colorado over competitors and create at least 20 jobs.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
World leaders have reacted positively to Obama's Nobel in most cases, the committee said, with much of the criticism coming from the media and Obama's political rivals.
On a recent day, patrons at the Mission Viejo library were reading books, newspapers and searching the internet.
On a recent day, a 72 year old widow was sitting at her kitchen table, trying to figure out how to pay her electric bill on a fixed income.
Monday, October 12, 2009
"Turning CoverColorado into a true public option would require changes in state law and, most likely, a major infusion of federal dollars."
Friday, October 09, 2009
Thorbjoern Jagland, head of the Nobel Committee, said the committee attached “special importance to Obama’s vision." Jagland continued: “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future." *
The Committe said that it was no longer necessary to have actually accomplished anything, and that in the future, candidates' "vision"," "hope" and the ability to grab "attention" would be the most important considerations for the award.
Not to be outdone, the Vatican announced it was beginning the canonization process. "No, he hasn't actually done anything YET," Cardinal Antonio Sarducci said, "but, damn, he has so much charisma! And he's so handsome! We feel pretty strongly that the Pope will waive the 'three miracle' requirement and just kinda ignore that he's not dead yet. Why wait!" a gleeful Sarducci gushed.
* Actual quotes.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
All independent and libertarian-minded Colorado Republicans can remain supplicant and accept the status quo or..... not.
I am a Christian. I am not trying to be a smart aleck, but didn't the Good Samaritan help the injured person himself? The Samaritan didn't lobby the ruling Roman government to force others to help the injured person.
There is moral value in one individual helping another. There is no moral value in forcing a third person to help the injured person.
Jesus told US to love our neighbor. He didn't say make your NEIGHBOR love your neighbor.
Too many of us Christians mistake government force for Christian charity. If we spent more time ministering to the needy and less time at Congress lobbying for the forcible imposition of Christianity (which of course makes no sense), the world would have far more Christians.
God is love. Government is force. Any attempt to use force to spread love is doomed to failure.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
"Brett, soft! What fight as yonder huddle breaks?
It is the NFC North, and Favre is Minnesota's Sun.
Arise, gunslinging son, and Kiln the envious Packers,
Who are already sick and pale as cheese,
That thou, their ex, art far more grizzled than they.
Be not their Legend, since they are envious;
Their vestal livery is but yellow and green (and occasionally cheese-shaped)
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
He is my Viking, O, Favre is my love!
O, that he knew he were!
He retires yet keeps playing; what of that?
His lies disingenuous; I will ignore them.
I am too bold, 'tis not me Brett teases.
For the Favrest stars in all ESPN,
In their sycophantic business, do entreat his lies
To twinkle in their sound bites with each return.
What if his lies were theirs, they in his Wranglers?
The grizzledness of his cheek would shame those TV stars,
As daylight doth a lamp; his tearful press conferences
Would through the airy primetime stream so bright
That Berman would sing and reference Three Dog Night!
See, how he leans grizzled cheek upon gunslinging hand!
O, that I were a football upon that hand,
That I might touch that grizzle!"
from Wrangleo and Truli-Brett, Act 2, Scene 2 (the lost, "Hey Dere" Folio. 3rd Ed.)
Monday, October 05, 2009
Housing experts who have studied the $6 billion Neighborhood Stabilization Program, meant to shore up American communities hit hardest by the recession, say similar problems in other cities show a dense bureaucracy delaying a good idea.