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Week Of Special Interest 04/11/18
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By La Voz Staff

Colorado Home insurance

When it comes to home insurance costs, Colorado is the third fastest rising state in the nation, according to a new report. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) looked at data from 2007-2015 and found that average premium costs had risen $557 per household. “Over the last three years we’ve started to see 10 percent plus increases (per year) on a lot of our homes,” independent insurance agent Shawn Padalecki said. But where do those costs come from? Hail and other natural disasters, like tornadoes and wildfires.  “As long as we keep having natural disasters we’re still going to see increases year-over-year,” Padalecki added. But there are other factors in our state, including a lack of contractors and construction workers that drive up prices insurance companies have to pay. It can also be blamed on the homes themselves.” Padalecki said.

Efforts to revitalize Ballpark neighborhood

Colorado Rockies baseball season returns to Denver. But even on a quiet day at Coors Field, the Ballpark neighborhood is bustling with construction. New businesses are moving into old, historic buildings. “There are some wonderful buildings here that really are closer to the city, between LoDo and RiNo, so there’s a lot of focus I think between the restaurant and bar and brewing community on these buildings,” says Cherry Cricket owner Lee Driscoll. The Cherry Cricket is opening its second location in the historic building across from Coors Field. Many in the community would like to see more businesses do the same.

Colorado’s Central 70 project

It’s known as one of Colorado’s most congested corridors Interstate 70 between Denver and Aurora. I-70 is seen as a backbone for our state, connecting the east to the west and the gridlock is getting worse. When the Interstate was built in 1964, 2 million people lived in Colorado. Today, 5 million people live in our state. By 2040, that number is expected to soar to 8 million. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, if something isn’t done soon trips on I-70 could take as twice as long by 2035 as they do now. That’s why the Central 70 Project exists. The $1.17 billion project will reconstruct a 10-mile stretch of I-70 between Brighton Blvd. and Chambers Rd., add one new Express Lane in each direction, remove the aging 54-year old viaduct, lower the Interstate between Brighton and Colorado Blvd., and place a 4-acre park over a portion of the lowered Interstate. Construction would begin this summer. There won’t be a tax hike to pay for the project; tolls will help cover the cost.

Our Government

White House

The total number of people receiving unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in 44 years in March, the Department of Labor reported. Altogether, 1.8 million people received unemployment insurance benefits toward the end of March, the smallest such seasonally-adjusted number since the end of December 1973, when the workforce was much smaller and there were fewer people to be laid off.

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills aimed at increasing rural Colorado’s broadband internet services and upping the speed by which the infrastructure for the services is built. Senate Bill 2 was among the first bills filed in this year’s session and its passage was seen as a victory for both parties. The accompanying Senate Bill 104 will allow more leeway for the state to get funding for the infrastructure deployment from federal sources.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock unveiled the 2018 Youth One Book, One Denver (YOBOD) program selection at Force Elementary School. “Youth One Book, One Denver brings books to life for so many children here in our city, and instills in them a joy of reading that will set them on the path to a bright and wonderful future,” Mayor Hancock said. “Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, Dusti’s wonderful book teaches our children a powerful lesson – our challenges and triumphs are universal, and by celebrating our differences and our talents, every one of us has the ability to succeed.”





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