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Governor signs bill to upgrade courthouses

The Valley Courier – May 14, 2014web 101_1935
ALAMOSA — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB14-1096 in front of the Alamosa County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon.

The Underfunded Courthouse Facilities Grant Program bill creates the underfunded courthouse facility cash fund commission and the underfunded courthouse facility cash fund, and it also appropriates $1.5 million from the general fund to the underfunded courthouse facility cash fund for the 2014-15 state fiscal year.
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Long-deserved honor a reality: Edmund Vallejo honored for duty as Navy photographer

The Pueblo Chieftain – April 20, 2014
It’s been 61 years since Edmund Vallejo left the battlefields of Korea.

He served on combat missions risking his life almost daily as he recorded the history of the war through photographs.
Reps. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, and Ed Vigil, D-[Fort Garland], held a special ceremony Saturday at Pueblo’s Vietnam Memorial to recognize Vallejo for earning numerous Naval service awards.
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More money for the budget, more fights at legislature

The Colorado Statesmen – March 31, 2014
The Senate this week will take up a $23 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year after the House last week passed a largely partisan spending plan that resulted in plenty of fights over how to fund the state.
But Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Fort Garland, devised a plan that would allow an estimated $119 million for the capital development projects. Included on the list are Fort Lewis College, Colorado State University, the University of Colorado, Denver’s Auraria campus and various other maintenance projects. His amendment was attached to the Long Bill.

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Talks produce healthy budget bill

The Durango Herald – March 31, 2014

Last week, the House debated the state budget, which is known in the Capitol as the “long bill.” This bill funds the state government for fiscal year 2014-15. Unlike the federal government, which may run a deficit, the state must have a balanced budget. Republicans and Democrats convened their respective caucuses to discuss all the components of the “long bill.”
I was encouraged by an amendment from Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Fort Garland, to address the funding discrepancies between the aforementioned lists. This amendment will place capital construction projects, which were not provided funding in the capital construction bill, on a list to be funded with any available excess money after the budget is balanced.

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Fort Lewis College gets help from its friends for funding

The Durango Herald – March 26, 2014DENVER – Allies of Fort Lewis College have devised a plan to rescue funding to rebuild the college’s outdated science building.

Until last week, FLC leaders thought they were sitting pretty as the state’s second-highest priority college construction project, as designated by the Legislature’s Capital Development Committee. The college has been pushing for more than a decade to rebuild its old engineering and geophysics building.
Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Fort Garland, announced a plan Wednesday to save FLC and other colleges. It hinges on the state having money left over after it balances its books for the 2013-14 budget year this summer.

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Levee board would expand to nine

The Pueblo Chieftain – Feb. 24, 2014

A simpler bill to expand membership on the Pueblo Conservancy District board passed the state House local government committee on a 13-0 vote this week.
An earlier bill proposed seven elected members, but was revised by primary sponsor state Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Fort Garland, to eliminate the costs of elections. State Sen. Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, is the Senate sponsor.
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Vigil shares session plans

The Alamosa Valley Courier – Jan. 28, 2014
ALAMOSA — State Representative Ed Vigil (D) has a full slate planned during this legislative session, with proposed bills ranging from water to youth conservation corps.

In addition, the San Luis Valley legislator is vice-chairman of two committees, the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee and the Capital Development Committee, and serves on the Joint Agriculture and Natural Resources, Local Government and Water Resources Review Committees.
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