Economy

Glenwood Springs Lawyer Colin Wilhelm is running for House District 57 as a Democrat this election. He spoke to KDNK's Lucas Turner about economic recovery after COVID-19, energy, water issues and more.

Since the coronavirus pandemic forced much of the U.S. economy into a medically induced coma, 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance, including more than 350,000 in Colorado.

Colorado Fiscal Institute

KDNK News Director Lucas Turner speaks with Senior Economist Chris Stiffler about his report What 10 Charts Can Tell Us About How Recessions Affect Colorado. The report from Colorado Fiscal Institute covers state revenue, family income, Medicaid enrollments and more.

Ecoflight

Shale drilling in the US has produced record volumes of oil and natural gas in the last decade, but the industry and struggled to achieve profitability, racking up billions of dollars in debt. Now in midst of an international price war and global pandemic, the financial future of shale looks uncertain. To find out more, KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke to attorney and freelance reporter Sharon Kelly about her recent article in Desmog Blog, titled Stock Market Turmoil Undermines Claimed Energy Dominance Benefits of US Shale Drilling

Danielle Howard

As our communities face unprecedented challenges with the containment of COVID-19 and subsequent economic disruption, Danielle Howard of Wealth by Design encourages us to take a breath, take inventory and make choices from an abundance mindset.

Gov. Jared Polis is issuing several new orders to try and limit the economic damage from the spread of the coronavirus.

Polis is encouraging property owners to stop charging penalties for late rent payments until April 30 as thousands of workers lose their jobs. He says tenants shouldn't be evicted if they can't pay.

Colorado Fiscal Institute

KDNK News Director Lucas Turner speaks with Senior Economist Chris Stiffler to break down a new report on low wage-jobs in Colorado. The report from Colorado Fiscal Institute covers worker demographics, impacts of raising the minimum wage, unemployment rates, and more.


Oil & gas-dependent economies could take a hit in the future as investors grow tired of losing money on fracking operations. KDNK News Director Lucas Turner interviews Justin Mikulka, a writer for DesmogBlog about overspending, investor woes, and a shortage of tier-one acreage.

fatcityfarmers.org

Michael Thompson, local architect and president of Fat City Farmers, discusses a community conversation series that focuses on creating a "People's Economy" in the Roaring Fork Valley. The group will convene twice next month, on April 1 and April 18, at the Basalt Regional Library from 5 to 7pm.

Last week, KDNK’s Spanish-language news host Crystal Mariscal interviewed Garfield County Commissioner candidates Paula Stepp and Tom Jankovsky. Here, both candidate respond to a question about the legalization of marijuana. The full interview with Republican incumbent Tom Jankovsky is archived here. The full interview with Democratic challenger Paula Stepp is available here.

Colorado is called “the mother of  rivers” for a reason: it’s one of the most popular states for river rafting in the country.  But like the rest of our region, unprecedented growth, a changing climate, drought, and wildfires are taking their toll on this multi-million-dollar industry.

Rep. Scott Tipton

For this month’s conversation with Congressman Scott Tipton, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh asks about the latest version of the farm bill, originally created to help farmers in the Great Depression, the Iran Deal and the growing wealth inequality gap.

Carol Hedges

 


Carol Hedges, Executive Director of the nonpartisan Colorado Fiscal Institute, speaks with KDNK Station Manager Gavin Dahl about her disappointment with the tax bill, the failure of "trickle-down" economics, and what's next for Colorado's budget.