Which lawmakers will support transparency over lobbyists

April 19th, 2012 by Amy Categories: Colorado, higher education, politics No Responses

COST just received word that HB 1252, a bill that would require Colorado’s institutions of higher education to make public financial information accessible online, finally will be heard in the House Appropriations Committee next week.  An amended version of sponsor BJ Nikkel’s bill passed the House education committee on February 27.
Sources tell us that the [...]

SB 93 a perversion of transparency

March 16th, 2012 by Amy Categories: Colorado, health care No Responses

The first step toward religious persecution is identification, and that is exactly what Senator Morgan Carroll wants to force hospitals to do that don’t perform abortions or provide other services based on “religious beliefs or moral convictions.”  SB 93, her bill that passed the Colorado state senate on along a party line vote, would require:
A [...]

CU compensation report and the tuition debate

March 3rd, 2012 by Amy Categories: Colorado, higher education No Responses

Brittany Anas of the Daily Camera reports that University of Colorado President Bruce Benson wanted to speed up the vote on CU’s proposed 15.7 percent tuition hike in order to minimize media scrutiny.
Below is a compensation report with details of raises for administration and faculty after the last 9.3 percent tuition hike. (This [...]

The good, the bad, and mediocre of transparency in higher ed

February 24th, 2012 by Amy Categories: Colorado, higher education No Responses

I had a simple mission. Find out how many employees were making above $100,000 in total compensation in Colorado’s institutions of higher education. I also wanted a two year comparison so that I could see how much, if any, employee compensation had increased.
More importantly, this turned out to be an exercise in transparency and attitude. [...]

Government perverts “transparency”

February 24th, 2012 by Amy Categories: Colorado, health care No Responses

When government uses “transparency” to watch citizens, that’s a strong signal that transparency has been perverted. Originally, a movement for citizens to shine a light on government, government now is passing laws so that it can collect legally your most private health care information. Linda Gorman and I authored a column that originally appeared in [...]

2012 Transparency Legislation

January 22nd, 2012 by Amy Categories: Colorado, PERA Colorado, higher education, other states, stimulus No Responses

Transparency is still an issue at the state capitol. Early in this 2012 legislative session, three bills could provide taxpayers with additional transparency in government.
HB12-1009 Federal Funds Transparency Act
House Sponsors: Cheri Gerou (R-HD 25)
Senate Sponsors: Kent Lambert (R-SD 9 )
This bill seeks additional information than is currently provided on how each department and agency of [...]

APCD is dangerous to your health

January 11th, 2012 by Amy Categories: Colorado, health care, politics No Responses

The column below appeared originally in the Summit Daily on December 22, 2011.
Colorado’s all-payer database poses serious risk, little gain
By Amy Oliver Cooke and Linda Gorman
Colorado state government, and local foundations and health policy elites, have become so ideologically invested in failed health reform policies that they now see nothing wrong with forcing Colorado citizens [...]

PERA Board: Ego trumps reality

December 2nd, 2011 by Amy Categories: Colorado, PERA Colorado, politics No Responses

Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a rare voice of reason on Colorado’s Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) Board of Trustees, told News Talk 1310 KFKA talk show host Amy Oliver in a recent interview that when the Board voted to maintain an unrealistic 8 percent rate of return one Board member provided the following reason, ”We [...]