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Week Of Special Interest 12/26/18
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By La Voz Staff

Unemployment insurance assists Federal workers impacted by

Today civilian federal workers in Colorado received word that they will be furloughed as a result of a shutdown of the federal government and many of them will likely be eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits while they are out of work. While there are 53,200 federal workers in Colorado, not all of them will be impacted by the potential federal shutdown.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has information posted on its website related to the furloughs, including what is required to file a claim. Furloughed federal workers should file their claims online at

There is a mandatory one-week waiting period before a claim is activated and workers may not file their claim until their last day of work. Unlike most claimants, the federal workers are “job attached,” which means they will not be required to conduct a job search during their furlough.

Current claimants who are concerned about a federal shutdown affecting payment of their unemployment benefits need not worry; all unemployment benefits will continue to be paid regardless of the government shutdown.

RTD committed to meeting requirements of regulatory agencies

On Thursday, December 20 CEO and General Manager of RTD Dave Genova met with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss the RTD oversight plan and grade crossing action plan submitted on December 14. As a result of the meeting, FRA responded that they were impressed with the commitment demonstrated by RTD, DTP and the RTD Board, and that the plan submitted provides a viable path forward. RTD and DTP are to provide additional information and data and will do so shortly.

RTD and DTP are committed to meeting the requirements of regulatory agencies. At this time we do not have an opening date for the G Line, but we remain focused on reaching the requirements so that regulators will approve quiet zones on the University of Colorado A Line and the G Line and FRA will allow revenue service on the G Line.

Now that the action plan has been submitted and FRA has reviewed the plan, we are hopeful that we will be receiving actions on the pending issues. For example, on December 21, 2018, the FRA approved the removal of the grade crossing attendants from the three crossings on the University of Colorado A Line and the one crossing on the B Line.

We are hopeful the next action will be the approval of the constant warning time waiver for the Denver grade crossings on the University of Colorado A Line. While the FRA letter mentions up to a year, we are striving to make progress as quickly as we can and we believe much will be addressed in a shorter timeframe.

Our Government

White House

On Friday, December 21, 2018, the President signed into law: S. 3628, the “National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act,” which authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to enter into new contracts for flood insurance and borrow from the Treasury up to specified amounts through May 31, 2019.

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper has granted pardons for 21 individuals who have served their sentences and are currently contributing members of their communities. He also commuted the sentences of 12 individuals, making three parole eligible, and advancing the parole eligibility dates for nine others.

“Hundreds of applications for clemency have come through our office. We have selected only those where the individual has a proven track record of rehabilitation, ” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Those granted clemency today have shown they deserve a second chance and have the support system to help them succeed.”

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock visited Bradley International School’s fifth-grade teacher, Margaret “Meg” Cypress, who was announced as the 2019 Colorado Teacher of the Year.

“Our educators are some of the most valuable and important leaders we have in our city,” Mayor Hancock said. “Teachers like Meg inspire our youth to reach for the stars and instill a belief that they can achieve whatever they dream of, no matter the obstacles in front of them. She is a shining example of the core values that we want to teach in our schools, and how we can all make a meaningful difference in a child’s life. Congratulations to her and to Denver Public Schools on this well-deserved honor.”





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