Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, April 12

Stapleton Airport's old air traffic control tower. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) stapleton airport; tower; denverite; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty
Stapleton Airport’s old air traffic control tower. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Big budget things:

A bill that would restore funding to hospitals, restructure the budget to provide more money for rural schools and roads — and that would mortgage state-owned buildings and ask for across-the-board cuts in the rest of the budget to do it — moved forward Tuesday, but the Senate Finance Committee barely touched the issue that will decide the fate of this significant proposal. Erica reports.

One big question: What will pay for roads and transit? (Denverite)

Mammoth joins the conglomeration party:

Aspen Skiing Co. and KSL Capital are soon to own Steamboat and operate Winter Park. Now they’re adding Mammoth Resorts in California. (Aspen Times)

Denver lawyer to challenge Coffman:

“A Denver lawyer and decorated Army veteran said he will run as a Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in the 2018 election for the 6th Congressional District,” Ramsey Scott reports. (Aurora Sentinel)

Equal pay:

A statement in support of equal pay for women has bipartisan support, Marianne Goodland reports. (Independent)

Inside the Stapleton tower:

Nathan Heffel and Nathaniel Minor have a fun little tour of the weirdest thing in Stapleton. (Possibly the only weird thing in Stapleton, actually.) (CPR)

Andrew Kenney

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