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Polis urges regulators not to stick Colorado utility customers with bills racked up during deep freeze

As state regulators look into the high costs utilities paid last week to keep people warm and keep the lights on, Gov. Jared Polis has issued a strong warning against passing along “unexpected exceptional costs” to customers. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission is investigating how utilities responded to the frigid weather that left millions in […]

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135,000 Coloradans finally tap federal unemployment programs; labor department eyes fixes to more system bugs

A long, sometimes agonizing wait for federal unemployment payments to restart in Colorado came to an end for another 135,000 people over the last four days. Carrying out Phase 2 of its months-long rollout of the extended Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment […]

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Federal judge allows California to finally enforce net neutrality. Other states may follow suit.

A few months after the Trump administration scrapped the Obama administration’s robust net neutrality rules in 2018, California passed its own open-internet law. The Justice Department immediately sued to block California’s net neutrality law, and it was in limbo until President Biden’s administration dropped the lawsuit last month. A federal judge in California on Tuesday […]

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Mitt Romney and Tom Cotton divide conservatives over their new minimum wage plan

Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Tuesday unveiled a plan to gradually raise the minimum wage to $10, rather than the $15 their Democratic colleagues are targeting. The reaction to the proposal among conservatives was mixed. Brad Polumbo, writing in The Washington Examiner, called the plan an “abandonment” of fiscal conservatism, likening […]