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— By Cynthia Pasquale Colorado has one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation, yet it struggles to fund education, transportation projects and basic services. “Colorado is unique because we put a lot of our tax code in the constitution, and a couple of amendments that the voters approved have combined to put us in this situation,” said Carol Hedges, executive director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute. TABOR (Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights), the most restrictive tax-and-spending limit in the country, requires …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Colorado’s candidates for governor on Nov. 6 have starkly different views on how to move the state forward. Jared Polis, 43, a five-term congressman, is a progressive Democrat who wants to make the state completely reliant on renewable energy by 2040. Walker Stapleton, 44, is a fiscally conservative two-term state treasurer. He has defended the oil and gas industry as an important part of the state economy that doesn’t need more regulation. Both candidates answered emailed questions …

— By Danica Lucker Shirley Leow’s experience as a former pharmaceutical researcher and biotech executive comes in handy when she advocates before the state General Assembly for affordable health care and keeping rural hospitals alive. “I earned a decent living, which provided for my retirement, but that’s not the case for many people,” Leow said. “I have many female friends, for example, who are widows and are struggling. That’s why I got involved with AARP.” Leow, 65, of Lakewood, leads AARP …

— Join AARP Colorado at Little Man Ice Cream for a free scoop. All you have to do is let us know what you think about Social Security. We’ll be there to collect your comments and have a treat with you. It’s easy, fun and free. And Little Man ice cream is so good, especially on those warm evenings in Denver. So come see us at Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St., Denver, CO 80211, on June 28, from 4:30 to …