News Briefs 04. 01. 24

Budget Set for House Would Allow for Education Funding, Free School Lunches

The Colorado House is expected to take a vote on its 40-billion dollar spending plan today, prioritizing k-12 education standards throughout the state. The bipartisan joint committee who worked on this forthcoming budget proposal had to make up for a 200 million dollar deficit from this past fiscal year’s forecast. K-12 schools can expect to be adequately served the expense needed to retain their free school lunch policy with allocated Colorado state spending

In addition to allocating funds for k-12 schools, the committee also marked off a little more than 130 million dollars in funds for higher education. This would limit possible tuition hikes for public universities like CU to a three percent increase for in-state students and four percent for out-of-state students. 

Governor Polis Expected to Eliminate Some City Occupancy Limits with New Law

The State House and Senate of Colorado recently passed a bill that would ban occupancy limits based on familial relations statewide, with Governor Jared Polis expected to sign it into law. 

Occupancy limits have been set by numerous cities, including Boulder, to govern how many unrelated people can legally live together in one dwelling unit. The bill explicitly outlaws restrictions on occupancy based on familial relationships, meaning that if passed, cities could only regulate occupancy by health and safety codes. 

Occupancy limits have been a frontline in Boulder recently, with elimination proponents arguing that allowing more people to live together would help alleviate the stupendous rent in the city. 

Body Found from Chatfield Kayaker

A California man’s body was recovered from Chatfield Reservoir early Sunday Morning after going missing on a kayak earlier Saturday Night . A second kayaker washed ashore and was rushed to the hospital, authorities told Denver7 news that the second kayaking man is in critical condition. 

Denver7 was unable to interview the man who was rushed to the hospital due to his severe condition. Both men were kayaking without life vests in Chatfield reservoir Saturday evening. Multiple agencies had joined the search, which turned into a recovery operation, going to show that life vests save lives, especially when going out at night.