Colorado lawmakers reconvene to consider stimulus plan, but experts question the cost to the state – By Tamara Chuang & John Frank (Colorado Sun) / Nov 30 2020
Gov. Jared Polis put forward a $1.3 billion stimulus plan and called a special legislative session to take the steps to help unemployed and businesses
The unemployment checks for Englewood resident Dana John and her husband ended in July, and the $1,200 federal stimulus money is long gone.
One small hope on the horizon is the $375 check Colorado is sending as a stimulus to lower-income unemployed workers. It’s not much, but John said it’s much needed. “I don’t know if we will be getting the $375 or not,” John wrote in an email. “I am so scared that we are gonna be living on the streets very soon here.”
Her situation is the kind that Democratic Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado lawmakers say they have at the front of their minds as they return to the Capitol on Monday for a special legislative session focused on a coronavirus relief package.
The one-time payment to out-of-work Coloradans — expected to arrive in the coming days — is part of a $1.3 billion stimulus package the governor has proposed to help citizens. In the three-day session, the Democratic-led General Assembly will consider only the most pressing spending items — totaling up to $300 million — but more action is expected during the next regular session in early 2021.