Episode 140: PERA’s Funding Shortfall

PERA is the retirement system for over 560,000 public service employees. It is also very very underfunded. This week we dive into the numbers to examine how the Colorado PERA system has reached such a perilous place and the efforts that the Colorado legislature is undertaking to try and fix the system. We also look…

Episode 110: WTF Is On The Ballot – Money

This week we continue our October ballot series with a dive into the underlying structural components of the state constitution that provide context to the ballot issues up for a vote. Sounds boring, right? We try to make it fun! First we look into ballot issue 1A which asks voters if El Paso County will…

Episode 99: Paying for Public Safety

We spend the first part of this episode revisiting the city’s budget (which you can do too via Episode 9: City Budget 101) and how the dominant revenue source for the city (sales tax) is particularly susceptible to economic downturns. Which wouldn’t be THAT big of an issue, except that more than half of the…

Episode 80: Where Is All of the Pot Money Going?

The legalization of marijuana in Colorado has led to lots of media attention about record breaking sales and the “boon” that the industry has provided the state in the form of additional tax revenue. In this episode we deep dive into where all of the tax revenue from marijuana actually goes. If “schools and roads!”…

Episode 9: City Budget 101 (or One-oh-FUN!)

It is the kick-off of October Ballot Bingo Extravaganza! This episode, City Budget 101 (or, as I like to call it, City Budget One-oh-FUN!) is your first chance to listen and win.  Get all the details on playing along and how to win HERE. In this episode we dive deep into the City Budget bringing you…