Latest Jared Polis News

Top U.S. health official visits Colorado to promote vaccines

Jun. 18, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra met with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Friday on a visit to Denver that is part of the Biden administration's effort to promote COVID-19 vaccines among hesitant minority communities that have some of the lowest inoculation...

Colorado governor signs big transportation bill into law

Jun. 17, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has signed into law an ambitious transportation funding bill that addresses Colorado’s long-neglected highway infrastructure while promoting programs to wean residents from their gas-guzzling vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions....

Colorado pot tax hike proponents get bipartisan endorsements

Jun. 16, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A coalition that wants to ask Colorado voters to approve higher taxes on recreational marijuana to help children make up for learning losses during the pandemic and address special needs for low-income and disadvantaged students said Wednesday it’s been endorsed by former...

Colorado health care, prescription drug bills are now laws

Jun. 16, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday signed into law legislation requiring insurers to offer a standard state-supervised health plan to people and small business. The law also provides for sanctions for hospitals and other health care providers that don't participate in...

Colorado governor to let go of pandemic executive powers

Jun. 15, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said he will begin phasing out the executive authority he has been granted during the coronavirus pandemic after creating, amending and extending about 400 orders since March 2020. The Democrat told The Denver Post that he's now...

Polis: No to GOP delegation request to end jobless benefit

Jun. 14, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has rejected a request by Colorado's Republican congressional delegation to stop paying jobless residents $300 extra a week in federal pandemic relief. The GOP representatives argue the payment, scheduled to run through Sept. 6, is hurting business...

The Latest: Illinois lifting capacity limits for businesses

Jun. 10, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO — Illinois is lifting all capacity limits on bars, restaurants, businesses and other venues Friday, nearly 15 months after the first stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses still can have their own rules for capacity, masks and social...

Colorado picks first 5 scholarship winners in vaccine drive

Jun. 10, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has announced the first five winners of $50,000 scholarships in a program designed to encourage students to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Twenty five scholarships are being offered by the state, along with a $1 million lottery program for five...

1st gray wolf pups since 1940s spotted in Colorado

Jun. 09, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has its first litter of gray wolf pups since the 1940s, state wildlife officials said Wednesday. A state biologist and district wildlife manager each spotted the litter of at least three wolf pups over the weekend with their parents, two adult...

Colorado lawmakers map ambitious path to pandemic recovery

Jun. 09, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Legislature during its 2021 session launched an ambitious path to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic's devastating economic and social consequences, with majority Democrats doling out millions of dollars to dozens of business and health care needs. ...