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Half a spreadsheet with Colorado government records open to public scrutiny is far better than none. State lawmakers are, finally, closer than ever to passing a measure that would modernize Colorado’s treasured open records laws, saving taxpayers money and saving time and money for those who want information from their state and local government that […]

Construction continues along Interstate 225, Jan. 2 at the I-225 and Colfax interchange. Construction will gear up this year on the FasTracks light rail line along Interstate 225, while the I-225 and Colfax interchange project wraps up and construction on the new Veterans Affairs hospital continues. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

The immediate problem isn’t exactly that the state is critically short of money. Colorado has some cash, but a minority of Republican state officials won’t let the state spend it. It’s tied up in a inane argument over how to classify Colorado’s Hospital Provider Fees and the state’s notoriously cumbersome so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights. It’s a complex problem not easily explained, prompting most of the public to look the other way

FILE - This Sept. 24, 1997 file photo shows the table on which the convicted murderer Gary Lee Davis was executed in the Colorado State Penitentiary east of Canon City, Colo. Just three people sit on death row in Colorado. Even if Aurora theater mass shooter James Holmes, who was convicted on July 16, 2015, is sentenced to death, he could spend much of the rest of his life in prison awaiting execution. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

Colorado can no longer even get capital convictions. Even a case as repulsive as the Aurora theater shootings have been unable to persuade a jury to murder the convict for his horrific crime. The only thing that adds up from these cases is the massive bill taxpayers must pony up to prosecute a death penalty case, just to lose it. And even if there’s a win, the exorbitant expense of decades of appeals and special prison accommodations only compounds the folly