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 [...]

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 [...]

Citizen Auditors can win cash prizes

July 16th, 2010 by Amy Categories: Energy, health care, higher education, politics, school district 2 Responses

Become a Citizen Auditor and win $2500! Mothers Against Debt, the Independence Institute, Liberty on the Rocks and Americans for Prosperity are sponsoring Citizen Auditor training throughout Colorado.
Become a citizen auditor and win cash!
The Independence Institute will conduct classes to teach concerned citizens how to use the state’s Transparency Online Project (TOP) web site, our [...]

More friends in high places

March 7th, 2009 by Amy Categories: PERA Colorado, health care, other states, politics No Responses

COST wants to thank Americans for Prosperity for contacting its members about our battle for transparency in Colorado. Like our friends at NTU, AFP makes it easy for you to contact legislators about the Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act.  It can be done online in just a matter of minutes. 
COST is encouraged by the number of [...]