Colorado State Government and Public Real Estate News

U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) announced his Co-Sponsorship of H.R. 4114, legislation to assist first-time homebuyers. “Homeownership is a crucial component of the American Dream and that is why I’m committed to passing this legislation.”
The Program for Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado Boulder is hosting the first ever "Conference on Community Writing – Building Engaged Infrastructure" from Oct. 15 to 17 at the University Memorial Center
Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) called today’s Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling to block the nationwide implementation of the President’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule a “major victory for Western water users and private property rights.”
In 2013, the torrents of water that poured out of the mountains, ripping up roads and inundating Boulder, Lyons, Longmont and other Front Range communities, also resulted in a deluge of questions. Both the general public and local officials wondered just how unusual this rainfall and flooding had been. Had something like it happened before? Was anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change responsible?
Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) voted to pass the Homebuyers Assistance Act (H.R. 3192) in the House of Representatives to ensure would-be-homebuyers are not impacted by unfair delays and disruptions as new mortgage disclosure requirements are being implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The bill now goes to the Senate.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced it is charging a group of Colorado landlords with housing discrimination for allegedly relegating families with children to apartments in the rear building of an apartment complex. HUD charged property owners Roger Loecher and Eileen Loecher, and on-site manager Miriam Yehudah, after fair housing testing discovered illegal “steering” was taking place based upon the tenant’s family status. Read HUD’s charge.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today expressed frustration that reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is not included in the current stopgap funding measure and urged Congress to reauthorize the LWCF before it expires next week. LWCF supports the conservation of parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation.
In advance of Congress’ vote to fund the Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez outlining transportation priorities for Colorado and the 7thCongressional District. The letter also includes several recommendations to better invest in our nation’s infrastructure and grow our economy.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and a bipartisan group of 52 senators sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid encouraging them to take action on funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Authorization for the LWCF will expire on September 30, 2015 if no action is taken. Established in 1964, the LWCF is one of America's most successful federal conservation programs, conserving irreplaceable lands and improving outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the nation.
Business and community leaders, volunteers, and donors joined forces yesterday morning to support Mercy Housing Colorado, a national non-profit based in Denver that builds and manages affordable housing in Colorado and nationwide.
Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the state’s commitment of more than $100 million over the next four years to enhance Colorado’s ability to become the best state to ride a bike. “Our goal is to make Colorado the best state for biking in the country,” said Hickenlooper. “These investments will help fuel our economic growth and tourism industry, move us toward a cleaner environment and advance our goal of being the healthiest state in the nation.”
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet applauded the Small Business Administration's (SBA) announcement today that low-interest disaster loans are now available to businesses and residents affected by landslides that began after April of 2015. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged real estate, machinery, equipment, and other assets. Disaster loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair damaged real estate and up to $40,000 is available to replace personal property.
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman will join a multi-state legal challenge to the Clean Power Plan, also called the 111(d) rule, which was issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on August 3, 2015.
The goal of Fall Welcome is to ensure that the transition to CU-Boulder is an engaging, healthy and positive experience for all students. Workshops for parents are also planned on topics such as maintaining your sanity while supporting your freshman child and helping students manage stress in healthy ways.
Representatives Diana DeGette and Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico have called for an oversight hearing on the Gold King Mine spill that released 3 million gallons of wastewater into the Animas and San Juan Rivers. Both members serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. DeGette is Ranking Member on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
Tipton: FHA Practices Pose Risk to Taxpayers

WASHINGTON – February 12, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) –Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) questioned Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro during a House Committee on Financial Services oversight hearing to examine the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) precarious financial state. more »

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